New center will establish foundation for promise of student success

May 7, 2014

John O. Whiteman Student Success Center

 Mesa, Arizona ~ Earning a university degree has its challenges. Students must develop study habits that will enhance classroom preparation while building interpersonal skills that will allow them to successfully lead others – a desired trait among employers.

Benedictine University at Mesa aims to do this and more with the John O. Whiteman Student Success Center, which opened recently in the University’s academic building, Gillett Hall, located at 225 E. Main St. in downtown Mesa.The center is designed to help students succeed by offering coaching, tutoring and mentoring; providing access to internships, networking and other career preparation activities; hosting leadership and character development workshops; and organizing service learning and civic involvement activities.

“There are no words that can begin to describe how many lives the center will touch, how many students will be impacted or how many careers will begin because of the John O. Whiteman Student Success Center,” said Charlie Gregory, executive vice president at Benedictine.

The center is named after Arizona native John Whiteman, president of the Whiteman Foundation – a philanthropic organization that has a history of supporting education and arts initiatives, and who provided the founding donation to establish the center.

“I tell our students that the inner journey begins the moment we realize there's more to growing than meets the eye, and that we are capable of knowing and doing everything needed to reach our destination if we take advantage of all opportunities.” Gregory said. “John Whiteman and the Whiteman Foundation have given our students a huge opportunity, and I am most grateful.”

Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, which is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ( and licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education to operate an accredited, degree-granting institution of higher learning in Arizona.

Benedictine University promises its students an affordable and attainable education infused with the Benedictine values that creates better learners, leaders and world citizens. Keeping that promise is why Benedictine has been named the fastest-growing university in the country by The Chronicle of Higher Education and among 10 universities in the nation on the cutting edge of tech for 2013 by education and technology blog edcetera.

For more information about Benedictine, please visit or the Gregory Enrollment Center at 51 E. Main St., Suite 105 in downtown Mesa, or contact us at (602) 888-5533 or

The University is currently accepting applications for fall 2014 enrollment. Classes begin August 25.


Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2001-2011 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit research institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the third consecutive year in 2013. Education and technology blog edcetera named Benedictine University at Mesa among 10 universities in the nation on the cutting edge of tech for 2013.

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