Loyola University Chicago

Office of the Provost

Academic Finance and Operations Team (AFOT)


The Academic Finance Operations Team (AFOT) is a group of business and operations experts from various schools and colleges across the Lakeshore and Water Tower campuses.  They serve as a bridge between academic affairs and the financial services operation of the institution and was established as a forum for information sharing, training and development regarding fiscal matters. The AFOT convenes under the leadership of Joanna Pappas, Vice Provost for Academic Business & Operations, and is directed by Adam Shorter III, Senior Director of Academic Business Operations, and Cathy Carlson, Director of Academic Business Operations Lakeshore Campus.

This AFOT is committed to advancing the strategic goals of Loyola University Chicago (LUC) by providing financial leadership and effective management of University resources that align with LUC policies and practice, while working closely with the Financial Services Division, the Office of Human Resources, the Office of Capital Planning, and the Division of Student Development. The purpose of the AFOT is as follows:

  • To serve as a sounding board to the Office of Provost on fiscal matters;
  • To support and assist academic leaders in budget development, reporting, and planning analysis, as well as manage the annual budgeting process for each School and College;
  • To assist in the development of sound academic fiscal policies and practices;
  • To be accountable for the financial integrity of academic departments and administrative offices;
  • To help support overall administrative goals of Academic Affairs.

Team Members

NameTitleOffice #Phone/E-Mail
Joanna Pappas, MBA Vice Provost for Finance & Operations 206, Burrowes Hall 773.508.7429 jpappas@luc.edu
Adam Shorter III, MBA Senior Director – Provost’s Office Suite 500, Lewis Towers  773.508.7488
Catherine Carlson, MBA Director – Provost’s Office, College of Arts & Sciences, Graduate School, and Office of Research Services    
Justyna Canning, MBA Assistant Director – School of Communication, Enrollment Management, and Student Success    
Ayanna Sanders, MBA Assistant Director – School of Law and Institute of Pastoral Studies    
Tom Vloedman Assistant Director – School of Social Work and Arrupe College    
Eniko Racz, MBA Assistant Director – Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Space, and Preschool    
Miriam Ramirez-Lopez Business Manager – Grants and University Centers Suite 1224, Lewis Towers  312.915.8898
Kevin Kennedy Business Manager – Libraries    
Valaria McClinton, MBA Business Manager – School of Education and Office of Institutional Effectiveness    
Sam Celmer, MA Grants and Programs Administrator – Provost’s Office and Center for Science and Math Education    


Contact Us

Water Tower Campus

820 N. Michigan Ave
Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone – 312-915-7585
Fax – 312-915-7538
Email – afot@LUC.edu 

Lake Shore Campus

Loyola University Chicago
Burrowes Hall
6331 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60660
Phone – 773-508-7480