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Commencement

Teresa Wronski

Former Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Stritch School of Medicine

Teresa “Terri” Wronski (BS ’75) is a lifelong member of the Loyola community. She grew up in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago and pursued her education at Loyola University Chicago while working full time at the Stritch School of Medicine. Terri retired as the associate dean of student affairs in February 2013 after 49 years of exemplifying the Jesuit value of service to others.

While at Loyola, Wronski participated in the relocation of Stritch from its Wolcott Street location in Chicago to the Maywood Campus in 1968, and she witnessed many other changes at Stritch over her career.

Her degree in psychology and education provided her with a great foundation for her work with students at Stritch, where she held multiple positions of increasing responsibility, including registrar, assistant dean, and finally associate dean.

At the local and national level, Wronski helped address medical student issues, serving in various leadership roles for over a decade. She was elected chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Central Group on Student Affairs (CGSA), and in that capacity she served on the AAMC national steering committee for student affairs.

Wronski was recognized for her significant and sustained contributions with the CGSA Outstanding Service Award in 2008. In September 2009, during the celebration “100 Years of Medicine at Loyola,” Wronski was named the first recipient of the Stritch Outstanding Service Award. Her long-term positive impact on scores of students at Stritch as an administrator, counselor, and advisor also prompted colleagues, alumni, and friends to establish the Teresa J. Wronski Endowed Scholarship Fund.

At the Stritch Annual Awards Dinner in November 2012, Wronski received the Dux Mirabilis Award (“extraordinary leader”) in gratitude for her years of service to Loyola University Chicago.

During Wronski's time at Stritch, she was often described by students and alumni alike as “the student advocate,” who was also the “face, heart, and soul” of the school. The reason the students loved her was succinctly stated by Wronski herself in a film clip made for the Stritch Dinner. She said, “If you keep the student at the center of your thoughts, the center of your philosophy, the center of your policies, and make your decisions in terms of ‘will this be what’s best for the students?’ you won’t go wrong.” She added, “I’ve never stopped being humbled by our students and their stories. Walking with them truly is amazing.”

The Stritch School of Medicine Class of 2014 is proud to welcome back former Dean Teresa J. Wronski.

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