Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


John P. Pelissero, PhD, Transitioning Out of Provost and Chief Academic Officer

November 14, 2017

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

When I began my presidency, our provost and chief academic officer, John P. Pelissero, PhD, graciously agreed to continue in his role in order to maintain the momentum of the University’s strategic academic and enrollment initiatives, as well as “Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane, and Sustainable World.” We have agreed that it is now an appropriate time to commence a transition, begin a University-wide consultation process, discern what experiences we desire in our next chief academic leader, and embark on a national search for the next provost.

Personally, I am very grateful for John’s leadership, his generous and wise counsel, and his passion for Loyola’s academic and learning enterprise. His unwavering commitment to the students, faculty, and staff at Loyola has been demonstrated throughout his tenure over the last 33 years as a faculty member, department chair, provost, and interim president. In order to prepare for his return to the faculty as professor of political science in the 2018–2019 academic year, John will start a well-earned and long-delayed leave of absence on January 1, 2018, and will formally conclude eight years of service as provost on June 30, 2018.

Beginning January 1, 2018, and continuing throughout this transition period, Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN, will serve as acting provost and chief academic officer for the entire campus community. Margaret has also agreed to serve as interim provost and chief academic officer, effective July 1, 2018, until we have concluded our national search and named a new provost, at which time she will resume her current role in the Health Sciences Division. Margaret is presently serving as provost for the Health Sciences Division, having joined Loyola on September 1, 2015. I appreciate her willingness to step into this expanded academic role and continue with her leadership of our Health Sciences Campus as well.

Please join me in thanking John for his tireless work and leadership, particularly during these last 15 years, which have helped shape Loyola University Chicago and prepared us well for an exciting future.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD