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Interviews and Selecting Finalists

Interviews and Selecting Finalists

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

I would like to provide an update on Loyola’s presidential search and next steps in the process. Over the last few weeks, the Presidential Search Committee and Isaacson, Miller, our search consultant, have focused their attention on evaluating a large pool of qualified candidates and vetting their qualifications against the requirements and preferences we have established for the University’s next leader. 

We are now at the end of the applicant screening process, and we have scheduled a number of interviews for the first week of April. After this step, we will select several finalists who will participate in follow-up interviews with the committee and consultant, and we will conduct extensive background and reference checks. At the conclusion of the finalists’ interviews, the committee will offer its recommendation to the University’s Board of Trustees. The board will then make the final determination and elect the new president. 

As I communicated last month, we continue on schedule and have met the milestone dates from our original timeline. We are confident a decision will be made within the established timeframe. For more information on the search, including the leadership profile, visit LUC.edu/presidentialsearch. 

Thank you for your patience and support over the last several months. 

Sincerely, 

Bob Parkinson (BBA ’73, MBA ’75)
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Chair, Presidential Search Committee

 

Proactive Recruitment
and Next Steps

Presidential Search Update – Proactive Recruitment and Next Steps

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

The Presidential Search Committee and Isaacson, Miller, our search consultant, have made significant progress in the recruitment of the University’s next president. In my last note in December, I shared that the leadership profile had been finalized. Since then, we have received positive feedback about the breadth, depth, and quality of the profile, which is now being used to assess nominations and applications, as well as our candor about Loyola’s strengths and challenges.

Over the last two months, in addition to continuing to collect nominations, we have been proactively recruiting potential candidates and calibrating the qualifications of interested individuals with our requirements and preferences. The high level of interest we have received to date speaks to the overall attractiveness of the opportunity to serve as Loyola University Chicago’s next president.

Proactive efforts include the following:

  • Advertisements: The position was publicized across a variety of national publications in January, including The Chronicle of Higher Education, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, and Women in Higher Education. You can view the advertisement here.
  • Key Partners: We have shared the position with two of our key associations—the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU)—and they have shared the position online.
  • Personal Outreach: In an effort to generate additional nominations and connect with our national network of Jesuit higher education, I sent personalized letters and our leadership profile to each AJCU school president. We are also seeking the assistance of AJCU rectors and US provincials to identify capable Jesuits who may fit our profile.

Please know that nominations and applications are welcome and still being accepted here.

Looking ahead, we are confident in our ability to screen applicants, assess and interview finalists, and select our next president by June. Additional information, including our search timeline, is available at LUC.edu/presidentialsearch.

On behalf of the entire search committee, we thank you for your support as we work to complete this process throughout the next few months.

Sincerely,

Bob Parkinson (BBA ’73, MBA ’75)
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Chair, Presidential Search Committee

Leadership Profile Established

Presidential Search Update – Leadership Profile Established

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

On behalf of the Presidential Search Committee, I want to thank you for your input during our presidential search open forums held at the Lake Shore, Water Tower, and Health Sciences campuses recently. The dialogue at the forums, along with the feedback collected from our website and via e-mail, gave the committee and Isaacson, Miller, our search firm, the additional information needed to develop a leadership profile for our next president. The profile description has been finalized and can be found here. I encourage you to review it.

Looking ahead, with the guidance of Isaacson, Miller, we will place national advertisements about the position next month in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, and Women in Higher Education. We will solicit nominations from AJCU presidents and their Jesuit communities, and we will also continue to accept nominations through our presidential search website. If you have a qualified candidate in mind, please nominate them via the website. Isaacson, Miller will begin to recruit candidates and solicit applications. We expect to interview a number of qualified candidates this spring.

Thank you, again, for your participation to date. I hope that you and your families have a Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Sincerely,

Bob Parkinson (BBA ’73, MBA ’75)
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Chair, Presidential Search Committee

Search Firm Hired, Web, Open Forums

Presidential Search Update – Search Firm Hired, Web, Open Forums

Dear Members of the Loyola Community, 

In recent weeks, members of the Presidential Search Committee met with several national search firms to discuss the recruitment of Loyola University Chicago’s next leader. I am writing today to announce that the committee has selected Isaacson, Miller.  This well-established executive search firm out of Boston has the nation’s largest and most comprehensive higher education practice, with higher education searches accounting for more than half of the firm’s work. 

The lead Isaacson, Miller consultant working with the University on this important search is Vivian Brocard, a vice president with the firm. Brocard joined Isaacson, Miller in 2003 and offers 25 years of executive search experience. Her practice focuses on higher education, healthcare, and research, with an emphasis on engineering, science, and technology. Her clients include universities, colleges, academic medical centers, research institutes, advocacy groups, and related organizations. 

With the firm in place to assist the search committee, our next step is to develop the presidential leadership profile, which will include a list of key criteria and qualifications needed in the next Loyola leader. This step requires the involvement of the entire University community, and we are looking to you to provide input as we create the profile, and to help us identify qualified candidates. We will accomplish this in two ways: 

  • Presidential Search Website—Today we are launching this site to house all of the search process communication to date, a list of the committee members, background on Isaacson, Miller, and a submission form to capture your leadership profile feedback and candidate nominations. We will continue to update the site as the process moves forward. 
  • Open Forums—In addition to meetings scheduled with many constituency groups, we have scheduled five opportunities for the general University community to meet with members of the search committee to share thoughts on the process and the leadership profile. Each campus will host events, with members of the search committee in attendance. Please see the scheduled forum dates below.
    • Tuesday, December 1, 1:30 p.m., Lake Shore Campus, Damen Student Center, Second Floor, Sister Jean Multipurpose Room - South
    • Wednesday, December 2, 9:30 a.m., Water Tower Campus, Corboy Law Center, Room 206
    • Thursday, December 3, 3 p.m., Water Tower Campus, Corboy Law Center, Room 206
    • Friday, December 4, 10 a.m.,  Health Sciences Campus, Cuneo Center, Room 170
    • Friday, December 4, 1:30 p.m., Lake Shore Campus, Klarchek Information Commons, Fourth Floor

I hope that you will spend some time familiarizing yourself with the information on the presidential search site and that you will attend one of the upcoming forums. Your feedback is critical, and we thank you for your collective support as we advance the search process. 

Sincerely, 

Bob Parkinson (BBA ’73, MBA ’75)
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Chair, Presidential Search Committee

Members added to Presidential Search Committee

Members Added to Presidential Search Committee

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

In August, I wrote to you about the establishment of the Presidential Search Committee that will assist with the selection of Loyola University Chicago's next leader. Following that note, I heard from a number of you about the need for more faculty and other representation, and I appreciate the thoughtful feedback. After considering the collective and recurring wisdom of the campus community and seeking counsel from Sr. Mary Ann Zollmann, BVM, the chair of the Governance & Trusteeship Committee that formulated the search committee guidelines, we will make the following changes to the group's membership. 

Please join me in welcoming the committee's newest members: Vicki Keough, PhD, APRN-BC, ACNP, FAAN, professor and dean of the Niehoff School of Nursing, and Timothy Classen, PhD, associate professor of economics in the Quinlan School of Business. Below, please find the full list of committee members. 

Our attention and focus will now shift to the next steps in the search process, beginning with the retention of a search firm. In the coming weeks, we will seek input on the desired qualifications, attributes, and skills we need in our next president, and I encourage each of you to take an active role and share your insights. We will also be seeking nominations of worthy Jesuit and lay candidates, and we welcome your nominations.

Presidential Search Committee

  • Dana Bozeman, Staff
  • Annie Burns, Student
  • Timothy Classen, PhD, Faculty
  • Christopher J. Devron, S.J. (MA '95), Trustee
  • David G. Embrick, PhD, Faculty
  • Patrick J. Kelly, Trustee
  • Vicki Keough, PhD, APRN-BC, ACNP, FAAN (MSN '91, PhD '98), Dean
  • Robert L. Parkinson, Jr. (BBA '73, MBA '75), Trustee
  • James Prehn, S.J., Jesuit Community
  • John G. Schreiber (BBA '68), Trustee
  • Susan Sher (JD '74), Trustee

Thank you to everyone for your continued engagement as we continue to seek the next leader of Loyola University Chicago.

Sincerely, 

Bob Parkinson (BBA '73, MBA '75)
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Chair, Presidential Search Committee

University's Presidential Search Process Launched

University

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

This summer, the Board of Trustees has been working to officially launch the University's presidential search process to identify the next leader of Loyola University Chicago. I write to you today to provide an update on the first step of the process and the next steps as we prepare to move forward.

Our first priority was to identify a small group of Loyolans to serve on the University's search committee. After much discussion among the Board of Trustees, consultation with a governance expert, and having worked with the University's shared governance bodies, I am happy to introduce you to the presidential search committee. Members include:

  • Robert L. Parkinson, Jr. (BBA ’73, MBA ’75), Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Presidential Search Committee
  • Dana Bozeman, Staff
  • Annie Burns, Student
  • Christopher J. Devron, S.J. (MA ’95), Trustee
  • David G. Embrick, PhD, Faculty
  • Patrick J. Kelly, Trustee
  • James Prehn, S.J., Jesuit Community
  • John G. Schreiber (BBA ’68), Trustee
  • Susan Sher (JD ’74), Trustee

The members of the committee will now shift their attention to the next step in the process, which is to identify and retain a national search firm who will work with us to formulate a leadership/position statement, develop a list of key criteria and qualifications, generate a diverse pool of candidates, and screen/interview the candidates with the assistance of the committee. The selection of this firm is an important step in the process, and one that we, as a group, take very seriously.

As I mentioned in my communication to you in March, we are confident that Loyola's prestige as a university rooted in the Jesuit, Catholic heritage will attract extraordinarily talented Jesuit and lay leaders who are able to help us fulfill our mission.

Looking ahead, I will provide the University community with periodic updates on the search process throughout the academic year. I will also keep the community updated on opportunities to engage with both the firm and committee in preparing key criteria and qualifications for our next leader. I expect these opportunities to occur later this fall, after the semester begins.

I want to thank all of you for your feedback and work during this important presidential transition process. I look forward to engaging with many of you throughout the 2015—16 academic year.

Sincerely,

Bob Parkinson (BBA ’73, MBA ’75)
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Chair, Presidential Search Committee

Leadership Transition

Leadership Transition

 

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

After a series of conversations and planning that he initiated with the Board of Trustees, Father Garanzini has decided to step down from his position as President and CEO of Loyola University Chicago on June 30, 2015. This transition will allow Father Garanzini to satisfy the ever-increasing demands of his position as Secretary for Higher Education for the Society of Jesus, in which he is tasked with promoting Jesuit higher education around the world. After 14 years of leadership, and with the knowledge that Loyola’s financial footing and academic programs are strong, Father Garanzini feels the time is ripe for a new leader to shepherd the University and our students.

The Board of Trustees has asked Father Garanzini to continue his service to Loyola as Chancellor, where he will serve at the direction of the President for whatever amount of time is needed. As Chancellor, Father Garanzini will serve in an advisory capacity to advance strategic projects, assist the Advancement Division with fundraising, and consult on international programs, as requested by the President and the Board of Trustees.

At the request of the Board of Trustees, John Pelissero, PhD, has generously agreed to serve as Interim President, beginning July 1, 2015. John has been a member of Loyola’s political science faculty for 30 years. He joined University administration in 2003, when he served as Associate Provost for Curriculum Development until 2005. From 2005–10, John held the position of Vice Provost, and in 2010, he was elected as Provost and Chief Academic Officer. John is uniquely qualified to lead Loyola during this transition. He is a member of all of the University’s institutional administrative bodies, including the Cabinet, the Council of Deans (which he chairs), two committees of the Board of Trustees, the Budget Review Team, and the Development Council. He also serves as an ex officio member of the University Senate. John’s deep knowledge of Loyola, his commitment, and his invaluable contributions to our strategic efforts will continue to benefit Loyola and the students we serve.

Samuel Attoh, PhD, currently Dean of The Graduate School and Associate Provost for Research, has graciously agreed to serve as Interim Provost beginning July 1.

These leadership changes will provide us ample opportunity to conduct a comprehensive presidential search over the next year. We anticipate that a search firm will be retained to assist a small group—primarily composed of Trustees—in conducting a national search for our next University leader. We are confident that Loyola’s prestige as a university rooted in the Jesuit, Catholic heritage will attract extraordinarily talented Jesuit and lay leaders who are able to fulfill our mission. Additional information regarding the search process will be sent to all members of the Loyola community after the June Board of Trustees meeting.

Thank you for everything you do for Loyola and for your continued support during this important transition.

Sincerely,

Robert L. Parkinson Jr. (BBA ’73, MBA ’75)
Chairman, Board of Trustees

cc: Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
     President and CEO