Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


Update on Provost Search

Dear Loyola Community,

February 5, 2019

I would like to provide an update on the search for the next provost and chief academic officer at Loyola University Chicago.

We recently reconvened the search committee to resume the work of finding an academic leader with robust expertise and experience and a deep understanding of and commitment to our Jesuit, Catholic educational mission.

I am pleased to report that each of the members of the Provost Search Committee has indicated their willingness to continue to serve, and Vicki Keough, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor in the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, will continue as chair with Lorraine Fitzgerald, special assistant to the president, providing critical support. We have retained a new executive search firm, Issacson Miller, which has worked closely with us in several successful searches, including the recently completed dean search for the School of Nursing. The committee will meet with the search consultants in mid-February to discuss the process, timeline, and next steps and will keep our University community informed.

Margaret Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN, has agreed to continue serving in the role as interim provost and Michael Kaufman, JD, dean of the School of Law, will continue as interim vice provost. We are very grateful to them for agreeing to remain in these critical roles in addition to fulfilling their other responsibilities.

We are moving forward and making significant progress with dean searches. Committees are meeting and reviewing candidates for deans in the School of Communication and the School of Education. A search committee has been appointed to find the new dean for the Graduate School, and they are scheduled to meet with our search firm to determine criteria and proceed with the process.

This is an exciting and dynamic time at the University, and the choice of a new provost and chief academic officer is critical to our continued strength and excellence. Loyola seeks an experienced leader with exceptional academic and scholarly credentials, a commitment to innovation, and the vision and energy to build and execute a strategic plan supporting a culture that encourages diverse and exemplary leadership and programming. I am confident that with a new search firm in place and with the continued support, persistence, and hard work of our search committee and broader University community, we will recruit a strong academic leader for Loyola.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD