Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


Coming Together as a University Community

November 10, 2016

Dear Loyolans,

Last Friday, we gathered as a University community on our Lake Shore Campus to celebrate our outstanding President’s Medallion students and to invest me as the 24th president of Loyola. It was a terrific celebration of Loyola and of our shared commitment to our uniquely Ignatian mission.

In the wake of this week’s U.S. presidential election, emotions are running high in our city and country. In my remarks last week, I asked if we were willing to reach deep within ourselves, risk discomfort, confront ambiguities, and increase our civic engagement in order to take on the difficult societal issues facing us and our communities. I challenged us to do so, because that is who we are as a community firmly grounded in our Jesuit, Catholic heritage and mission.

Today, and in the days ahead, we have the opportunity, once again, to model civil discourse and respectful dialogue, and to recommit ourselves to Cura Personalis, caring for one another and respecting the dignity of all our fellow Loyolans and neighbors for the benefit of our University and our world.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD