Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


Interim Provost Transition

December 10, 2015

Loyola Community,

I am writing to let you know that Interim Provost Samuel Attoh, PhD, will be on medical leave beginning January 1. Sam’s service as interim provost for the lakeside campuses these past six months, and his tenure before that as dean of The Graduate School and associate provost for research, has been marked by tremendous innovation, commitment to excellence, and collaboration across departments, schools, and campuses. Significantly, for nearly two years, Sam co-chaired the Strategic Planning Committee, which conducted the University-wide consultations that formed the basis for "Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane, and Sustainable World." We are grateful to Sam for his many contributions to Loyola over the past decade, and we wish him a full recovery so that he may rejoin his friends and colleagues here at the University.

I have asked Patrick Boyle, PhD, vice provost for academic centers and global initiatives, to serve as interim provost beginning January 1. As interim provost, Patrick will oversee the work of the deans and directors who lead our schools, institutes, centers, libraries, and research at the lakeside campuses; student affairs, working alongside the Office of the Vice President for Student Development; enrollment management; and academic and faculty support services. He will also continue to oversee the University’s global initiatives and serve on the President’s Cabinet.

Patrick joined Loyola as a faculty member in the Department of Political Science in 1992. He has undertaken a series of progressively important roles in academic administration since 2003 when he joined the Provost’s Office as director of the Office for International Programs. Since 2013, Patrick has led the University’s international efforts as vice provost for academic centers and global initiatives. Patrick’s global initiatives efforts at Loyola include expansion of study abroad participation to more than a third of the undergraduate population; the creation of an international immersion program for faculty and staff; support for the development and management of the University’s campus in Rome and centers in Beijing and Ho Chi Minh City; and the realignment of programming for international students, most recently through the creation of the Chicago Center at Loyola University for international study abroad students.

Patrick also oversees our five Centers of Excellence and the University’s academic student services. He served as co-leader of the team that designed, organized, and integrated student services for Loyola students into one location—the Sullivan Center for Student Services—and supervised its operations. Patrick serves on several standing committees of the University, including the Strategic Plan Implementation and Steering Committee, the Behavioral Concerns Team, the Council for Student Success, the Board of Undergraduate Studies, the Council of Deans, and the Academic Committee of the Loyola University Chicago Board of Trustees.

Please join me in supporting Patrick as he transitions into his new role.


John P. Pelissero, PhD
Interim President