Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff, All Students
Message From:Message from the Office of the Provost
Date Sent:Thursday, May 14, 2020 01:35 PM CDT

One Hundred Days at Loyola

My Dear Loyolans,

I have reached the 100-day mark as provost of Loyola University Chicago. While the COVID-19 pandemic has made these 100 days turbulent, we should never lose hope, nor the pursuit of our aspirations, even when in the midst of a storm. As I shared with you in my recent communications, I am convinced that together we will emerge stronger. We will build a remarkable future for Loyola. Our present focus must be on the readiness of Loyola for the repercussions of the COVID-19 crisis, from both the health and financial spheres. However, while important, our eyes are on the prize, as we remain focused on our future.

Since my arrival at Loyola, the Office of the Provost has begun preparing for the future by revamping our academic space. This work has intentionally involved multiple academic stakeholders across Loyola. The purpose of this communication is to outline some of the chief academic projects at the University beyond those related to the COVID-19 crisis. My intent here is to highlight the projects undertaken to date, leaving others for later messages.

The communication that I have prepared is too long for a single email, so I would be grateful if you would click here to read the full message on the Office of the Provost's website. If you wish to go directly to subsections of particular interest as outlined below, just click the section title to be taken to the corresponding portion of the full message.

  • Academic Vision: This section describes the work being performed to develop a new academic vision for the University. In particular, we address the work that we have been conducting with the deans of all the schools.

  • New Deans: Here, we include a narrative about the four new deans of Loyola. These are the deans of the Graduate School, Stritch School of Medicine, Arrupe College, and College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Reorganization of the Provost Office: Because we are now One Loyola, we have begun revamping the Office of the Provost to facilitate the work towards our common vision. This section describes all the new senior people added to the Office.

  • One Loyola: Much work must be done to reorganize the University towards the One Loyola model. My communication goes on in some detail about the reorganization of some of the operations of the Health Sciences Campus.

  • Moving towards a New School of Environmental Sustainability: The Institute of Environmental Sustainability is in its seventh year of successful operation. During this time, the Institute has likely met the Loyola criteria for school status. This section describes the work that we will be performing in the next few months to transform the Institute into a School.

Together in Loyola,

Norberto M. Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer