Loyola University Chicago

Office of the Provost

Welcome Message


Message from the Provost

Harnessing Our Curiosity

As I begin my service as chief academic officer and provost, I am deeply humbled and grateful for the warm welcome I have received from the Loyola University Chicago community.  I am honored by the opportunity to advance the Jesuit commitments to faith, knowledge, innovation, and social justice through the unique gifts, challenges, and possibilities of each student.

This is an exciting time at Loyola as this institution celebrates its 150th anniversary of serving Chicago and the world at large.  And as provost, I am committed to continuing and extending a high-quality education that balances theory and practice with research and engagement. I very much look forward to collaborating with others across the University on a new strategic plan that will chart our course for the future. As a Carnegie (High) Research University, Loyola is the largest Catholic research university in the United States, and is committed to advancing research and discovery that engages many disciplines and addresses the most difficult questions of our times.

Jesuit universities strive to accompany students as they find their calling and passions and develop their talents. We help to form ‘persons for others’ who use their education in service to others for the benefit of society.  Loyola has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for service learning and community engagement, and our exceptional faculty work every day to sustain and enhance the quality of our education and the impact we make on higher education and the city, country and world.  

I am privileged to join you in this work. In my view, it is the job of the Office of the Provost to keep our work grounded in that Jesuit tradition of people for others. Together, we can develop solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems in a passionate community of students, staff and faculty, leaders and supporters. We are restless seekers navigating a complex world. It is my personal mission and that of the Office of the Academic Affairs to harness that relentless curiosity and positive energy, to drive quality and innovation, and to help assure that Loyola continues to meet the challenges of the next 150 years.

Norberto Grzywacz, PhD

Provost and Chief Academic Officer