Dear Colleagues,

Father Garanzini and I wish to share the good news that Michael E. Dantley, EdD, of Miami University in Ohio, has been named the new dean of the School of Education (SOE). Dr. Dantley succeeds Terry E. Williams, PhD, acting dean, who will return to the faculty in the School of Education later this summer.

Dr. Dantley has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, including academic appointments in the School of Education, Health and Society at Miami University and, more recently, university leadership positions at Miami. From 2004–2008 Dr. Dantley served as interim associate dean and, subsequently, associate dean of Miami’s School of Education, Health and Society. From 2008–2011 he served as Miami University’s associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs. Currently, Dr. Dantley serves as the chair of the Department of Educational Leadership in Miami’s School of Education, Health and Society. In addition, Dr. Dantley’s professional experience includes more than a decade of both teaching and administrative appointments, including principalships, in the Cincinnati public school system. As associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Dantley had responsibility for the supervision of student academic services, including admission, advising, and retention. He also co-directed a university-wide initiative on undergraduate retention, developed an evaluation process for departmental program reviews, and served on both the University’s Council of Academic Deans and its Senate. As associate dean, Dr. Dantley directed processes for faculty searches and hiring, faculty promotion and tenure, and faculty development. He also served on the school’s NCATE Steering Committee and directed graduate programs for the division.

Dr. Dantley holds a BA in history and education from the University of Pennsylvania, a MEd in educational leadership from Miami University in Ohio, and an EdD in educational administration from the University of Cincinnati. An accomplished scholar, Dr. Dantley currently serves on the editorial boards of a number of educational journals, including the Journal of School Leadership and Education and Urban Society. His research interests focus on leadership, spirituality, and social justice, and he is currently pursuing research that explores new ways to conduct qualitative research and spirituality and the link between principals’ moral development and the ways these principals define and demonstrate their commitment to social justice. Dr. Dantley will officially begin his appointment at Loyola on July 1, 2013.

Father Garanzini and I wish to extend our sincere appreciation to the search committee, chaired by Dr. Donald Heider, dean of the School of Communication, for its diligent work in identifying a highly qualified pool of candidates. Search committee members included Justin Daffron, S.J., associate provost for academic services and strategic initiatives; Wendy Johnson, program coordinator in the SOE; Dr. Therese Pigott, SOE professor and associate dean of academic programs; SOE alumnus Dr. Harry Rossi (EdD ’85); Dr. Ann Marie Ryan, SOE associate professor; Jennifer Shah, SOE graduate student; Adam Shorter, business manager, Office of the Provost; Dr. Anita Thomas, SOE associate professor; and Dr. Darrell Wheeler, dean of the School of Social Work. The committee was assisted by Dennis Barden, a consultant with the executive search firm Witt/Kieffer.

Please join me in welcoming Michael Dantley in his new leadership role at Loyola University Chicago.


John Pelissero, PhD