Loyola University Chicago

Office of the Provost

April 9, 2020

New Appointment for Father Thomas J. Regan, S.J., PhD

Dear members of the Loyola Community,

On behalf of our University, it is with appreciation and mixed emotions that we share news about the new appointment for Father Thomas J. Regan, S.J., PhD.

Father General Arturo Sosa, S.J., the head of the Jesuits in Rome, has informed Father Regan that he will have a new role. He will be the next Superior of the Spellman Hall Jesuit Community at Fordham University, effective July 31, 2020. As Father Regan articulated to us, “This appointment represents the third job in a row for which I did not apply. As a Jesuit with a vow of obedience, I am pledged to go wherever I am ‘missioned’ or sent.”

While at Loyola University Chicago, Father Regan has served as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since April 2015. He served as interim dean for nearly a year beforehand, and has held the role of Dean of the Graduate School since 2017.

Furthermore, he held an appointment as associate professor in the Department of Philosophy. He also served as academic dean for St. Joseph College Seminary and as director of the Jesuit First Studies MA program.

In his tenure at Loyola, Father Regan has demonstrated steadfast leadership and skilled management of the College. During his time, numerous academic programs were launched. Among the most notable were the Neuroscience, Cybersecurity, and Italian American Studies programs.

Before joining Loyola in 2011, he served in several administrative and faculty positions at fellow Jesuit institutions. They included Loyola Marymount University, Fairfield University, Boston College, and Fordham University. In addition, he served a full term as a valued member of the Fordham University Board of Trustees and recently received an invitation to serve yet another term.

From 1991 to 1997, Father Regan was the national President of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Honor Society for all Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. In 2003, he was appointed to a six-year term as provincial of the New England Province of the Society of Jesus.

We are fortunate that Father Regan is with us until the end of June. We will work together to ensure a smooth and seamless transition within the dean’s office in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Please join us in thanking Father Regan for his leadership of the College and the Graduate School. Let us thank him also for the countless other roles that he has graciously served in at Loyola during the last nine years.

We are tremendously grateful and blessed to have had Father Regan’s wealth of experience in Jesuit higher education. Moreover, we are grateful for his exuberance for the life and mission of the Jesuit, Catholic faith. He leaves our great University stronger and well-positioned for the future.

Together in Loyola,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD, President
Norberto Grzywacz, PhD, Provost and Chief Academic Officer