Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President

Dr. Robert D. Kelly Appointed Vice President of Student Affairs

April 8, 2009

Loyola Community,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Robert D. Kelly, PhD, of Seattle University, as the new vice president of student affairs. Dr. Kelly succeeds Richard P. Salmi, S.J., who will become the 38th president of Spring Hill College this summer.

Currently, Dr. Kelly is the vice president for student development at Seattle University. He leads and directs strategic planning for the Division of Student Development, which serves more than 7,600 graduate, law, and undergraduate students, and includes the following offices: intercollegiate athletics, career services, commuter student and transfer affairs, counseling and psychological services, dean of students office, housing and development, multicultural affairs, new student and family programs, public safety and transportation, recreational sports, student activities, student health center, and wellness and health promotions.

Dr. Kelly is a member of the president’s executive team and he chaired the university’s task forces on engaging diversity, athletic alignment, and formation for leadership. He has also held several student affairs positions, including assistant vice president at Seattle University and associate dean of students at the University of Vermont.

Dr. Kelly received his PhD from the University of Maryland, an MEd from the University of Vermont, and a BA from Loyola College in Maryland. He is a member of several national student affairs associations and served as conference program chair of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Dr. Kelly is also a member of the academic affairs committee of the board of trustees at Loyola College in Maryland.

I am grateful for the work of the search committee that helped identify Dr. Kelly. The committee was chaired by Tim McGuriman and included members Diane Asaro, Ben Harris, Brian Johnson, Dan Kleinman, Art Lurigio, Ann Marie Morgan, John Planek, Patti Ray, and Ken Wiley. The committee was assisted by search consultant Dr. Michael Ferrari of EFL Associates.

Dr. Kelly will assume his new role on July 1, 2009. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Kelly to Loyola University Chicago.


Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
President, Loyola University Chicago