Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership

Message from the Director

Greetings and welcome to the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, a creative venture at Loyola University Chicago that highlights the histories, gifts, and stories of women leaders past and present. In 1993, the center began as the idea of a group of Loyola's women leaders, who saw an opportunity to extend the heritage of the classic Mundelein College—the last women's college in Illinois before it joined Loyola in June 1991—and enrich Loyola's offerings by building a program that focuses on women's concerns in an academic setting. The Center is named in honor of Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, who was the President of Mundelein College from 1957–1975, and continues to be a vital presence in the Center.

The Gannon Center began full-time operation in 1997. Today, it represents a thriving set of programs and annual events that celebrate, encourage, support, and grow the leadership potential of women undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and community members.

The Gannon Center's activities include the Gannon Scholars Program, an archives focusing on the papers of women leaders, fellowships for Loyola faculty, space and resources for visiting scholars, mentoring programs for undergraduate women students, and summer research grants for graduate students. We sponsor numerous other programs that promote and preserve the achievements of women. This diverse array of programming was made possible by the loyalty of Mundelein alumnae and friends, whose generous gifts established the Center's endowment fund. We welcome your suggestions and questions, and look forward to your support as we continue to strengthen and expand the Gannon Center.

Janet W. Sisler
Director, Gannon Center