Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


One Loyola: Moving to a single provost and chief academic officer

March 28, 2019

 Dear Loyola Community,

As our search for the next provost continues, I want to share an important next step. Rather than continue using the dual provost model that we have followed for the last few years, we are transitioning to a single provost and chief academic officer for the entire University.

Furthering our goal of becoming One Loyola, this restructuring will enable us to recruit the most exceptional, qualified candidates in our ongoing provost search. We are confident that we will attract a leader with significant experience in complex institutions such as ours. This person will build on our strong foundation while fostering innovation and strategic growth as an academic leader grounded by our Jesuit mission. In an era of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration, having one provost and chief academic officer will help us further develop unified strategies and initiatives that drive research, teaching, and successful student outcomes across the University.

With her deep strategic expertise and broad experience across our campuses, and while serving in her role as interim provost and provost of the Health Sciences Division, Margaret Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN, will lead the effort to unite the offices of the University provost and the Health Sciences Division provost into an integrated unit that will guide the academic enterprise across all campuses and disciplines. Once a new provost is named, Dr. Callahan will also continue to work with the new leader to ensure a smooth transition to the new structure.

Our ability to engage in a community-wide strategic planning process and focus significant effort and investment on strategy and innovation across campuses over the coming years is critical to our future success. I have asked Dr. Callahan to assume the new role of senior vice president for strategy and innovation. In addition to organizing a functional area to support this work and establishing the collaborative processes across all campuses, she will lead the University in its next strategic planning process to succeed Plan 2020. Dr. Callahan will remain responsible for leading the innovation and strategic development initiatives across the Health Sciences Division along with the added responsibility of assuming this same leadership role across all of our campuses and disciplines.

I am deeply grateful to Dr. Callahan for her strong and constant leadership throughout the provost search, for her implementation of this organizational transition, and for assuming this new leadership position.

We are currently in the process of finalizing the enhanced position description for the new provost. Thank you once again to the members of the Provost Search Committee for continuing to lead us in the search; to Vicki Keough, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor, Niehoff School of Nursing, for chairing the committee; and to Lorraine Fitzgerald for providing staffing support. In the spirit of One Loyola, we will continue to update the University community regularly on the search and other information that supports our community and mission.

Thank you for all you do each and every day to benefit Loyola University Chicago, our students, and our broader community.



Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD