Update on the Provost Search
Dear Loyola Community,
Since last spring semester, the University has been conducting an open search for the next provost and chief academic officer at Loyola University Chicago. This person would lead the academic and co-curricular programs of the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses, the University’s Rome Center, other study abroad and global initiatives, and the offices of enrollment management and student success.
The Provost Search Committee formed to guide this search was led by Vicki Keough, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor, Niehoff School of Nursing, and included a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and administrators from across the University. The committee has done exemplary work developing a process to review more than 60 candidates, bringing four finalists to campus, and soliciting feedback from our broader community. This process yielded some very spirited, sometimes contentious debates but it also led to wonderful and honest conversations with the candidates and amongst ourselves about Loyola’s future direction and the qualities required of our next chief academic officer.
Though several of the finalists demonstrated strengths in some areas, no clear consensus on a leading candidate emerged from the process. After careful and deliberate reflection and consideration of the input of a broad range of Loyola constituents, I have reached the conclusion that we have not yet identified our next provost and must, therefore, continue our search. Following the holiday break, we will reconvene and restart the national search. We will share more details on the renewed search in the coming weeks.
While this is not the outcome any of us had hoped for at this point in the process, I do not believe we should be discouraged. We have rightly set the bar high. We have challenged ourselves to find a new chief academic officer and provost who will join us on the journey as we seek to strengthen and deepen our efforts to live out our shared Jesuit, Catholic mission. We seek a candidate who exhibits a strong record of academic and scholarly success, a commitment to needed innovation, a vision for supporting faculty research and teaching, and one who possesses robust experience in building a strategic plan and fostering a culture that encourages diverse and strong leadership and programming throughout the University. I am confident that if we persist in our efforts and continue to hold ourselves to high standards, we will find such a leader.
Margaret Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN, will remain interim provost during our continued search, and we are thankful for her steady leadership. Once again, I am grateful for all of the hard work and careful deliberations done by the Search Committee and for the involvement of everyone from across the University who took the time to participate and provide their feedback. I have asked all of the members of the committee to consider continuing into this next phase of our search and to let me know of their willingness to do so following the holiday recess. I also ask all of you for your continued support of this effort in the new year.
In the meantime, please enjoy the holiday break. I hope we are able to take time to renew and reinvigorate. Thank you for all you do for Loyola and our students.
Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD