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Press Release - March 2, 2022

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Loyola University Chicago Names Claire Noonan Vice President for Mission Integration

CHICAGO, IL – March 2, 2022 – Loyola University Chicago announced today that Claire Noonan, D.Min., will be joining the University as Vice President for Mission Integration, effective July 1, 2022.

"We are delighted to welcome back Claire Noonan into our Loyola community," said Dr. Jo Ann Rooney, President of Loyola University Chicago. "As a chaplain, teacher, administrator, advocate, and author, she will set direction for future Mission Priority Examens and provide recommendations to further enhance the Jesuit mission of higher education at Loyola while ensuring our focus remains on operational excellence. She has been a person for others throughout her career and we are energized by her commitment to sharing mission integration and spiritual formation across our campus constituencies.”

In addition, Noonan will serve as a committee liaison to Loyola’s Board of Trustees’ Committee for Jesuit Catholic Identity, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the university representative with the global Society of Jesus and the Midwest Jesuit Province.

Incoming Loyola Vice President for Mission Integration Claire Noonan added, “Throughout my life, Jesuit mission and Ignatian spirituality have shaped me as a person, minister and a leader in Catholic higher education. It is both a privilege and exciting opportunity to bring the experience and skills I have acquired over my career to the service of the ambitious, transformational vision and mission of today’s Loyola University Chicago.”

Since 2008, Noonan has worked at Dominican University in various capacities. Most recently, she served as Vice President for Mission and Planning. Prior to her roles at Dominican, earlier in her professional life Claire was a Loyola Rambler. She served as Loyola’s Director of Ministry for the Jesuit First Studies Program until 2008 and was a Chaplain to our students in the former Division of University Ministry.

Recognized as a leader in national conversations on mission integration and effectiveness and a published author on spirituality, higher education and Catholic thought, Noonan has collaborated and presented at the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU); Council of Independent Colleges Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education, Interfaith Youth Core, and Dominican Higher Education Council. Last month, she participated in ACCU’s discussion on “Synodality and the Role of the Catholic Higher Education.” Her two most recent books have been of Lenten mediations with Twenty-Third Publications.

Noonan achieved her Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry from the Catholic Theological Union after writing a dissertation about the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and college students. Her Master of Divinity was earned at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and her Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, is from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Jesuit Catholic Identity Committee of Christ the King Jesuit College Prep in Chicago and the Board of Directors of Community of Congregations, an interfaith organization that contributes to community dialogue in the Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois, communities and is their past president.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 16,600 students. Nearly 11,500 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens), and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 14 schools, colleges, and institutes, including Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago, College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School, School of Environmental Sustainability, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, Quinlan School of Business, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Stritch School of Medicine. Ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.