Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


Lorna Finnegan, PhD, RN, FAAN, Named Dean of the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Loyola University Chicago has appointed Lorna Finnegan, PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN, dean of its Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, effective July 1.

She joins Loyola from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Nursing, where she is Executive Associate Dean and an Associate Professor of Health Systems Science. As the Associate Head and then Head of the Department of Health Systems Science, the largest department in the College of Nursing, Dr. Finnegan oversaw faculty and operations. Throughout her UIC tenure, Dr. Finnegan led strategic planning efforts, mentored and coached many faculty and staff across six campuses, exceeded enrollment goals for DNP programs, and helped automate and optimize faculty workload and teaching assignments and other operational processes.

“Dr. Finnegan’s impressive background as a dedicated nurse practitioner, scholar, and an accomplished higher education administrator, will be an asset to the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, its faculty, and students,” said Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN, Loyola’s Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer and Health Sciences Division Provost. “Loyola nurses and Niehoff graduates have an outstanding reputation as healthcare providers that care for the whole person in Chicago, across the country, and around the world. I know Dr. Finnegan will continue to advance the school’s mission, education, and research endeavors,” she said.

“Her commitment to Loyola’s mission of preparing students to treat the human body and spirit will help us realize our goals of scholarly excellence, service, and advancing high-impact research,” said Callahan.

Through her scholarship and clinical practice, Dr. Finnegan’s innovative strategies have helped increase access to primary care and reduce health disparities in vulnerable and underserved populations.

Dr. Finnegan has been principal and co-investigator on multiple grants, including R01 grants to identify clusters of symptoms and risk factors in childhood cancer survivors and other at-risk populations.  Her research has been published internationally and she was a visiting scholar in Thailand, South Africa, and South Korea.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Loyola’s Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing,” said Finnegan. “I’m excited to work with Niehoff’s remarkable faculty and staff to advance its mission of preparing students to improve the health outcomes of people and communities locally and globally.”

Outgoing Dean Vicki Keough, PhD, RN, FAAN, will return to a Niehoff faculty position at the start of the 2019-2020 academic year.

“Dean Keough’s exceptional leadership has positioned the school for a bright future,” said Callahan. “We are tremendously grateful for her years of service and dedication to the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and look forward to welcoming her back to its faculty,” she said.