Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


The Graduate School and Research Services Leadership Announcement

March 31, 2017

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

We write to announce the appointment of new leadership for The Graduate School and the Office of Research Services. Thomas Regan, S.J., PhD, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and academic dean of St. Joseph College Seminary, will assume the additional duties of dean of The Graduate School, effective May 15, 2017.

Father Regan succeeds the late Samuel Attoh, PhD, who passed away on February 6, 2017, and had served as dean since 2005. Father Regan joined Loyola’s Department of Philosophy in 2011—where he also directs the Jesuit First Studies Program—and was appointed interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2014 and later dean in 2015. Prior to joining Loyola, Father Regan served in a number of administrative and faculty positions at other Jesuit institutions, including Fordham University, Loyola Marymount University, Fairfield University, and Boston College. A past president of the Jesuit Philosophical Association, in 2003 Father Regan was appointed to a six-year term as provincial of the New England Province of the Society of Jesus, where he served on the Jesuit Conference’s Higher Education Committee, a role that entailed continuous dialogue with university presidents, other provincials, and presidents of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

Terri Pigott, PhD, dean of the School of Education, has been appointed associate provost for research for the lakeside campuses. Dr. Pigott succeeds Dr. Attoh, who also oversaw the Office of Research Services. Dr. Pigott has served in positions of progressive leadership in the School of Education and has served as associate dean (2013–15) and dean since 2015. A professor of research methodology and an internationally recognized scholar in meta-analysis and hierarchical linear modeling, Dr. Pigott joined the Loyola faculty in 1998. Prior to Loyola, she served as associate program officer at the Spencer Foundation in Chicago from 1996–98. Dr. Pigott has received grants from the Spencer Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, and the American Educational Research Association. She has served on research review panels for the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality. We thank Dr. Pigott for her leadership in the School of Education, during which time she led the effort for successful accreditation/reaccreditation of programs in teacher preparation, school psychology, and counseling psychology; increased the School of Education’s U.S. News & World Report ranking from 99 to 85; and achieved national recognition for the undergraduate teacher preparation program. She assumes her new role and responsibilities on July 1, 2017.

We would also like to thank Patricia Mooney-Melvin, PhD, who has served as the interim dean of The Graduate School since July 2015. Dr. Mooney-Melvin announced in January a plan to resume full-time duties as an associate professor of history, having also provided leadership to The Graduate School programs as associate dean since August 2006. We are grateful for the many contributions that she has made to the enhancement of graduate studies at Loyola.

Please join us in thanking Dr. Mooney-Melvin for her service and in congratulating Deans Regan and Pigott on their new roles in support of graduate education and research at Loyola.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

John P. Pelissero, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer