The Xavier University Economic Development Center (XUEDC) was established in 1983 and began operation under a grant from the United States Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, University Center Program. The XUEDC is linked to the University through the Office of the President. The Executive Vice President of Xavier University, Mr. Calvin Tregre, is a principal XUEDC program administrator. (Figure 1)
The XUEDC staff for the 1999-2000 year include the Executive Director, Mr. Earl Henderson and as Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Janine B. Bradley.
The Executive Director bears the responsibility of establishing and maintaining communication with federal, state and local economic development officials, other universities, and a host of professional and economic development organizations. He provides overall policy and leadership for the Center and has ultimate responsibilities for the efficient management and monitoring of the EDA program.
The Administrative Assistant performs general clerical duties for the office; prepares general correspondence; answers routine request for the office; maintain web site, publish newsletter, answers in-coming calls and performs other duties as assigned.
While each staff member is responsible for performing individual assignments, the Center's staff, as a whole, worked as a team in carrying out the mission and overall objectives of the program.
Mr. Calvin Tregre, Executive Vice President, is the authorized representative of Xavier's University Center Program and therefore is the person directly responsible for the success and recognition that the XUEDC has enjoyed. He and the University are supportive of the program and they play an active role in the projects and economic development initiatives undertaken by the Center. The XUEDC and the University have a unique relationship in that the University does not charge any overhead fees, waives its indirect costs and even provides funds for exceptional circumstances that arise during the program year. The University provides tangible support to the Program by furnishing office space, local and long distance telephone and fax services, supplies, computers and equipment, various types of audio-visual software. In addition, the Center utilizes the University's computer facilities, library and public information support, fiscal management services, and the overall reputation and prestige that the University enjoys throughout the region and the nation.