Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President

2010 New Provost Appointed


Dear Colleagues,

I am happy to share the good news that John P. Pelissero, PhD, has been appointed the new Provost of Loyola University Chicago.

John, who has served as Interim Provost since March, has a long and stellar record at Loyola. He has served as a member of the University’s faculty for more than 25 years, and since 2005, he has held the Vice Provost position. In his most recent position, he was responsible for a number of initiatives and several strategic goals, including managing academic affairs budgets and resources and supervising academic programs such as the Core Curriculum and Honors Programs. He was also responsible for institutional research and reporting, and served as the executive sponsor of projects like Peoplesoft and Enterprise Content Management. John also coordinated academic affairs’ strategic planning and oversaw the development of the five-year strategic enrollment management plan. He has served on more than 20 University committees and task forces since 2002, including the Academic Affairs University Policy Committee, the Budget Review Team, Business Continuity and Disaster Preparedness Planning Team, and the Core Curriculum Renewal Steering Committee. He also served as Chairperson of the Department of Political Science and is a professor in the department as well.

John received his PhD, MA, and MPA from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University. Prior to his tenure at Loyola, he was an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University. As a faculty member, he taught 25 different courses on political science subjects. He has written two books on urban politics and management and has published more than 30 articles on political science and public administration.

Though the Provost candidate pool was excellent, it was John’s track record of strategic leadership, budget management, institutional knowledge, commitment to academic excellence, and managing successfully through challenges that resulted in this appointment. His administrative style is one of true collaboration within the academic affairs division and across the University with other divisions.

Simply put, John’s leadership has led to strengthening our academic reputation, healthy enrollments, new efficiencies and processes, and providing our students with a truly transformational educational experience. With our new strategic plan focused significantly on academic affairs, John’s efforts to date bode well for continued progress on our key priorities.

I want to thank the search committee co-chaired by Rob Kelly, vice president for student development, and Justin Daffron, S.J., associate provost for academic services. Other search committee members included: Sam Attoh, dean of the Graduate School; Diane Geraghty, professor of law; Don Heider, dean of the School of Communication; Peter Schraeder, professor of political science and chair of Faculty Council; and Nancy Tuchman, professor of biology and director of CUERP.

John’s appointment is effective immediately. Please join with me in wishing him success in his new role. 

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