NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) – The former Salve Regina University president who decided to admit men into the school has died at age 83. Sister Lucille McKillop led the Newport school from 1973 to 1994. She was the university’s longest serving president and oversaw its transition from a college to a university.

When she took over, the school had 1,000 students and nine majors. She quickly decided to begin admitting men and started a graduate program. The school attained university status in 1991. When she left, the school had 2,300 students and 25 majors.

After leaving Salve Regina, McKillop became president of the Religious Sisters of Mercy’s regional community of Chicago.

The university said McKillop died Thursday in Chicago.

AP-ES-03-01-08 1050EST

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