Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


Welcome New Students

August 23, 2016

Dear Loyola Community,

I am delighted to have begun my tenure this month as the 24th president of Loyola University Chicago. I have had the opportunity to meet with many Loyolans, including student government leaders, members of the Jesuit community at Loyola, deans, faculty, and staff, along with some external partners. I look forward to continuing to make my way around our beautiful campuses to meet as many people as I can this semester.

This week we prepare for the arrival of more than 2,600 freshman students, the largest incoming class in our history. We also enthusiastically welcome more than 550 transfer students, 1,750 graduate and professional students, and 185 new Arrupe College students. These talented men and women are joining a dynamic university community grounded in our Jesuit, Catholic mission. With the energy of our students and the engagement of all Loyolans, we can direct our passion toward building the more just, humane, and sustainable world that we have committed ourselves to doing with our strategic plan, Plan 2020.

Everyone is cordially invited to participate in the many diverse Welcome Week events scheduled through September 2. I hope that you will join me this Friday afternoon to participate in the annual Convocation Walk and New Student Convocation at the Lake Shore Campus to give our students the same warm Loyola welcome that you have generously given me.

As we begin this new academic year, we are in a strong position to address the challenges that face us and all institutions of higher education and to solidify our position as a leader in driving sustainable change. Building on a legacy of strong leadership, the enduring commitment of our alumni and friends, and our shared passion for transformative education in the Jesuit tradition, we are able to deliver on our promise to prepare people to lead extraordinary lives.

I am proud and humbled to be among the newest Loyolans, and I look forward to our working together to redefine what is truly possible and guide our great institution to new heights.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD