Sister Rose Ann Fleming

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One person who deserves a major part of the credit for the success of Xavier's support system for student-athletes is nationally-renowned academic advisor Sr. Rose Ann Fleming. Fleming, who has been inducted into Xavier University's Hall of Fame, took over as academic advisor for XU student-athletes in 1985. The impressive of list of student-athletes who have left Xavier with degrees in hand include National Player of the Year, three-time Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year and 2003 Xavier graduate David West.

West was Xavier's 10th player to play in the NBA since 1993 and was joined following the 2003-04 season by Nos. 11-13: Lionel Chalmers, Romain Sato and David Young. 2009 graduate Derrick Brown became the 14th former Musketeer to play in the NBA and all 14 also own a Xavier diploma, as does 2001 women's basketball graduate Nicole Levandusky, XU's first-ever entrant into the WNBA, as well as Amber Harris and Ta'Shia Phillips who were drafted as the No. 4 and No. 8 picks respectively in 2011.

Fleming came to Xavier as a teacher and master's degree student in 1982. She took over as academic advisor for student-athletes on August 1, 1985. Sr. Rose Ann Fleming, SND DeN, has over 40 years of experience as a college educator.

Fleming, who received her undergraduate degree from the College of Mt. Saint Joseph in 1954, has also earned two master's degrees, a Ph.D and a law degree. She was president of Cincinnati's Summit Country Day School from 1967-75 and president of Trinity College from 1975-82.

Fleming has been the subject of national features by the Associated Press, Reader's Digest and Fox Sports Net among others. More importantly she has proven her dedication to the Jesuit philosophy of education of education, a philosophy that stresses the development of the mind, body and spirit of each student.