Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


Dennis J. Yesalonia, S.J. Takes Leadership Role in Loyola's Health Sciences Division

Dennis J. Yesalonia, S.J. has been named chief operating officer of the Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division. As such he will oversee the day-to-day operations of the division which includes the Stritch School of Medicine, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and Loyola’s health sciences research efforts.

In addition, he will support and help ensure the division’s schools, inter-professional institute, and research enterprises stay focused on the university’s Jesuit, Catholic educational and service mission.

“Father Yesalonia’s background in law and higher education coupled with this dedication to furthering the Jesuit, Catholic mission makes him a wonderful addition to the health science’s leadership team,” said Richard L. Gamelli, MD, FACS, senior vice president and provost of the Health Sciences Division at Loyola University Chicago.

Yesalonia entered the Society of Jesus of New England in 1976 and was ordained in 1985. He received his law degree from Notre Dame Law School in 1974 and was admitted to the practice of law by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts the following year. He was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1988.

He established the office of and served as the general counsel of College of the Holy Cross and Boston College. In addition, he has developed and implemented new organizational departments at academic institutions in the New England region and has extensive experience in a variety of administrative leadership roles.

Before joining Loyola, he served as the province treasurer for the Society of Jesus of New England. During his tenure he created and managed the operating and capital budgets as well as coordinated and managed the investment portfolio of the Society of Jesus of New England.

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