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070621 - Message from Provost Callahan

Message from Provost Callahan

July 6, 2021

Dear Loyola Community,

I am honored to be working with this amazing community again as your provost. I am especially excited to rejoin the work as we prepare for a momentous fall return to our campuses and begin to implement a dynamic Strategic Plan. Mission is central to all that we do at Loyola University Chicago, and our Strategic Plan is the blueprint for how we will live that mission and serve our students and society.

My first priority as I begin this term is to help assure a smooth reopening of our campuses for the fall. I have every confidence that if we work together the way we have over the past year, we will have success. The cohesion, commitment, and innovation shown over the past year enabled administrators, faculty, staff, and students to work in concert and approach each new challenge in a collaborative way. Those efforts accelerated learning and carved paths of future innovation.

I look forward to working with the Strategic Plan implementation and key performance committees as we move into the future, guided by the Strategic Plan approved in June. This community process will align our actions to our goals and develop metrics to mark our progress. Transparency and community input are important to this process and we will continue to support shared governance and work with faculty, staff, and student groups.

As we set our strategic sights for the next decades, the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs will work with President Rooney, cabinet, deans, and colleagues across Loyola on the primary focus Dr. Rooney outlined in her June 23 message: to successfully return our campuses to fully in-person experiences for students, faculty, and staff this fall.

Many of you know that I came to Loyola as a first-generation college student, and am a proud alumna. I have spent my entire career in higher education and share a strong commitment to our Jesuit mission and the way it shapes our University community and work. I look forward to working with you again to move our Loyola forward this fall and into the next 150 years.  

Thank you for your well wishes and support. The past year has shown how we can pivot nimbly and adapt effectively to serve students, each other, and our communities, united by a clear sense of mission. At Loyola, there is deep satisfaction in knowing that we are helping current and future generations lead remarkable lives.


Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN