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Reinhard Andress, PhD, an accomplished German literature scholar, has been named the new dean of Loyola University Chicago’s largest college, the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Andress, who succeeds the current dean, Frank Fennell, PhD, will officially join the University on July 1, 2012

Dr. Andress brings to Loyola nearly 20 years of experience in Jesuit higher education, including eight years as an academic administrator at Saint Louis University (SLU). Currently, Dr. Andress serves as the associate dean for graduate affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences at SLU. He also spent a year as the associate dean for academic affairs in the Graduate School, and from 2004–09, he served as chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. Prior to his administrative posts, Dr. Andress held faculty appointments at SLU, Middlebury College, Alfred University, Colby College, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, FAS-Johannes Gutenberg Universität, and the University of Illinois.

“Loyola University Chicago is experiencing dynamic growth, and you can feel the energy when you’re on campus and talking with faculty, staff, students, and administrators. They’re doing an amazing job of turning the Jesuit ideal of a transformative education into reality,” says Dr. Andress. “As dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, I very much look forward to working together with my new colleagues to fine-tune this educational endeavor through the avenues of teaching and research, and through service that nurtures justice.”

As an administrator at SLU, Dr. Andress established a Board of Graduate Education and a Graduate Faculty Membership Committee; participated in alumni outreach and fundraising; and developed funding policies for undergraduate and graduate research, as well as for graduate student study abroad. Academically, he was also involved in important initiatives aimed at reducing time-to-degree, increasing completion rates, assessing outcomes, and exploring evolving modalities of educational instruction. Under his leadership, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages grew by 30 percent under a new strategic plan. He also successfully implemented new programs and initiatives, including the Global Villa, a residential learning community centered in intercultural competence.

An accomplished scholar of German cultural studies whose work has been widely published, Dr. Andress holds both an MA and PhD in German literature from the University of Illinois and a BA in German from Rockford College.

“I am confident that Dr. Andress will bring his collaborative leadership style to serve both the college and the University in this important capacity,” says John Pelissero, PhD, Loyola’s provost. “His view of the liberal arts and sciences resonates strongly with Loyola’s Jesuit tradition of learning and knowledge, ethical leadership, and faith and justice. Coupled with his significant experience at Saint Louis University, Dr. Andress is well-positioned to continue moving the College of Arts and Sciences forward.”

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