Loyola University Chicago

Office of the Provost

News from the John Felice Rome Center

January 13, 2021

Dear Loyolans,

We share with mixed emotions the news that Michael Andrews will step down from his position as director of the John Felice Rome Center. His last day as director will be June 30, 2021. Following a well-deserved sabbatical, Dr. Andrews will join the Department of Philosophy as a tenured faculty member.

We are grateful for Dr. Andrews’s service to the JFRC and his accomplishments as director since 2017. These include overseeing the completion of construction on the new residence hall and chapel and continuing renovations of the old residence hall, classrooms, and staff offices. Other accomplishments have included the construction of an outdoor basketball court and the implementation of the new Health and Wellness Center. Dr. Andrews also oversaw the restructuring of the JFRC Foundation, Alumni Board, and Director’s Advisory Council. During his tenure, he set priorities for the expansion of graduate and undergraduate initiatives, including spearheading the JFRC Global Health Initiative to support undergraduate nursing students in their global health care studies at the JFRC. He also engaged expanding internship partners, service and experiential learning, and the Rome Start first-year experience. Further efforts included restructuring of JFRC social media and reorganizing student recruitment and campus units, including academic affairs, student life, budget and finance, and campus ministry. His deep care and concern for students was especially notable as he coordinated their repatriation to the United States during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, June 2020 marked the successful completion of the JFRC fundraising Avanti Campaign. During Dr. Andrews’ directorship, more than $8 million was raised for the JFRC.

Dr. Andrews looks forward to returning to the classroom; spending time with students; getting back to research; and exploring new avenues for service, scholarship, and leadership. We will conduct the search for a new director this semester.

Grazie, Michael, for all that you have done as director of the JFRC.

Loyola University Chicago has big plans for the JFRC going forward. It will be a major component of our global engagement strategy. This strategy will take full advantage of the privileged location of the JFRC as a springboard to Europe, Africa, and Near Asia.

We have thus been investing over the last few years on renovation projects and campus expansions at the JFRC. These renovations and expansions came to completion just before the onset of COVID-19. They made our Rome campus an even more beautiful place to live and study. You may remember that during this past fall semester Ignazio Lo Manto, the lead architect of the new chapel and residence hall at the JFRC, won “Honorable Mention” in the 2020 Architecture MasterPrize for his role in the expansion. For more information on this distinguished award, please visit the JFRC website.

We look forward to the day when we will be able to inaugurate the new JFRC buildings. Loyola has a longstanding presence and commitment to study abroad in Rome. The dedicated faculty and staff of the JFRC are eager to resume classes and normal operations just as soon as possible. We also join in great anticipation to celebrating the 60th anniversary in 2022 of the founding of the JFRC.

Thousands of alumni remember their experiences of study in Rome and Italy with great fondness. We look forward to offering this transformative experience once again to our current students--especially as we prepare to commemorate our six decades in Rome.

Together in Loyola,

Norberto Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer

D. Scott Hendrickson, SJ, DPhil
Associate Provost, Global and Community Engagement