Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


Organizational Announcement

September 22, 2016

Dear Loyola Community,

As I continue assimilating to Loyola University Chicago and learn more about our great University each day, I would like to announce some leadership and organizational changes to the Loyola community.

The organizational changes outlined in the following message are the result of thoughtful deliberations and discussion with members of our institutional community since my appointment in May. These changes, which are effective immediately, will help ensure that our Jesuit, Catholic mission and our institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion are properly aligned and supported in our organizational structure.

First, I would like to announce the addition of James Prehn, S.J., to my leadership team. Father Prehn serves as the rector of the Jesuit Community at Loyola and is a part-time faculty member at the University. He will join the Office of the President and serve as a member of my Cabinet as vice president and special advisor to the president for mission and identity. In this role as a special advisor, his primary focus will be on matters and strategies related to the administration of the University as they pertain to Loyola’s Jesuit mission, Catholic identity, and relationships with the Archdiocese of Chicago, as well as the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus. Father Prehn will also maintain his full-time role and responsibility as rector of the Jesuit Community, which will inform and benefit the work he does as vice president and special advisor for mission and identity.

Additionally, given the vital role our faculty and staff play in fulfilling our mission and educating our students, and to underscore our commitment to diversity and inclusion across all our campuses and with our community partners, I have asked Winifred L. Williams, PhD, Loyola’s vice president for human resources and chief diversity and inclusion officer, to report directly to me in the Office of the President. Dr. Williams will continue leading human resources strategy and operations, along with championing our diversity and inclusion objectives.

Lastly, I am pleased to announce that Kate Peterson, who currently serves as an executive secretary in Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine, will join my office as my executive assistant. Kate’s eight years of experience on our Health Sciences Campus, professionalism, and collegiality will be a great asset to me and to our office team.

Please join me in welcoming Father Prehn and Kate Peterson to the Office of the President, and thank you for your continued support of Dr. Williams and our entire institutional leadership team for their service to our academic community.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD