Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


John Slania Appointed Interim Dean of School of Communication

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of John Slania as acting dean of the School of Communication, effective August 1.

John will serve in the role as we search for a successor to Don Heider, PhD, the founding dean of our School of Communication. Don has been appointed executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and the John Courtney Murray, S.J., University Professor of Social Ethics at Santa Clara University.

John has served as an administrator in the School of Communication for the past 10 years, first as director of the journalism program and most recently as associate dean. John knows the school well and will continue building on its quality and momentum as we form a committee and conduct a national search for a new dean.

John joined Loyola in 2003 and helped develop the journalism major and several community engagement initiatives, including a four-year journalism curriculum at Senn High School. Most recently, he secured grants from the McCormick Foundation and After School Matters to open the RogersEdge Reporter, a Rogers Park/Edgewater neighborhood news bureau.

He is a veteran journalist who spent two decades as a newspaper reporter and editor. He holds a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in communication and English from Loyola.

We are all grateful to Don for his extraordinary service to students and his contributions in building a nationally recognized communication program at Loyola. I thank John for stepping in during the transition to assure continuity and continued momentum.


Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN
Acting Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Provost, Health Sciences Division