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    Duquesne University Names Director of Retention and Advising

    J.D. Douglas has been named director of retention and advising as part of the Duquesne University Enrollment Management Group (EMG).

    "This is a great opportunity to continue to enhance our already strong retention and advising through new and heightened efforts," said Douglas. "I'm delighted to have this opportunity."

    Douglas, who has been with Duquesne since 2000, has served as an academic advisor and, most recently, director of enrollment research and systems.

    "Our most recent freshman retention rate is 88.8 percent, which is well above the national average," said Paul-James Cukanna, associate provost for enrollment management. "With this new position, dedicated colleagues around campus and new technology tools, we are poised to make that rate even stronger."

    In his new role, Douglas will work with the University Retention Committee, academic advisors, the Office of Freshman Development, student life and other student service providers in support of advisement and retention.

    Douglas is a resident of Edgewood.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.