Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


Michael F. Andrews, PhD, Appointed Director of the John Felice Rome Center

February 14, 2017

Dear Loyola Faculty and Staff,

We are pleased to announce that Michael F. Andrews, PhD, has been appointed to serve as the next director of the John Felice Rome Center.

Dr. Andrews joins us from the University of Portland, where he is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences as well as professor of philosophy, director of the Catholic Studies program, and McNerney-Hanson Endowed Chair in Ethics.

The search committee was immediately impressed with Dr. Andrews’s deep understanding of our University’s mission and the value of Jesuit higher education. He attended Georgetown University for his undergraduate studies and taught at two other Jesuit institutions, Fairfield University and later at Seattle University. At the latter, he served in a number of roles, including dean of the Matteo Ricci College, faculty member in the philosophy department, and from 2004–2011, director of the Italy Summer Study Abroad Program, which facilitates experiences for students in Florence and Rome.

Dr. Andrews is also deeply passionate about international study abroad opportunities for students, and his experience abroad spans more than three decades. In addition to his role as director of Seattle University’s Italy Summer Study Abroad Program, he has been a student, faculty coordinator, and researcher in various academic programs across the globe including in Austria, Bosnia, Croatia, Ecuador, Germany, Morocco, Nicaragua, Spain, and Italy.

These qualifications, paired with his extensive and impressive academic background, as well as his deep experience in alumni engagement at several universities, make him uniquely qualified to lead our vibrant campus in Rome.

He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in philosophy from Villanova University; a licentiate of philosophy (PhL) degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome; a master’s degree in religion from Yale University; and a bachelor’s degree in systematic theology from Georgetown University. Dr. Andrews also earned a certificate in higher education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.

Thank you to Thomas Regan, S.J., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and all the search committee members who worked to fill this important role over the past several months. We would also like to acknowledge Patrick Boyle, PhD, interim director of the Rome Center and vice provost, for his continued work in leading our Rome campus until Dr. Andrews joins our community as a member of the Division of Academic Affairs on August 1.

Please help us welcome Dr. Andrews to the Loyola community. We look forward to his strategic leadership in guiding the Rome Center as it begins its next chapter.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

John P. Pelissero, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer