Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

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Deborah Lidy Associate Coordinator of Title III, has been a member of Xavier's staff since 1971. During that time she has held several positions in departments throughout the campus, including Xavier's Library, the Department of Social Services, the Office of Information Services, Xavier's Planning Office, and now in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Deborah is a graduate of the Spencer Business School and has completed numerous in-service workshops, including Practice for Excellence, Path to Success, and Skill Path Workshops. She serves as a member of Xavier's Credit Union Board.

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Ann M. Smith, Assistant Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs, earned her B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from SUNO. She began her career as an accountant and retail sales manager for Goodyear. Later, Ann joined CNG Producing Oil & Gas Corp. as the Coordinator of Engineering Service, overseeing construction projects (oil platforms and production facilities) and budgeting matters from a $200 Million Budget. Prior to coming to XU in 2005, she served in the capacity of CFO for the Orleans Parish Clerk of Criminal District Court Office, writing grant proposals, handling the Court's budgets, and acting as purchasing agent. As XU's Assistant Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs, Ann has overseen pre and post-award activities for grants totaling, approximately, $147 Million dollars.

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