Dear Cabinet and Council of Deans:

I’m pleased to announce the following administrative changes within the Division of Academic Affairs, effective January 1st, 2014:

Joanna Pappas, MBA, has been promoted to Assistant Provost and Director, Academic Business Operations.  Joanna’s professional background includes over 12 years of progressive experience, including international experience, in various aspects of financial functions, including financial planning, analysis, and budgeting in the higher education and automotive sectors. Prior to joining Loyola, Joanna was a senior financial analyst/team leader in the Office of the Controller, Mercedes-Benz headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany and in Athens, Greece.  Locally, she was a senior staff member at Arthur Andersen.  Joanna joined Loyola in 2004 as a Budget Manager in the Quinlan School of Business before moving to the Provost’s Office in 2006 as the Budget Manager for Academic Affairs.  In 2010 she was promoted to Director of Academic Business Operations. Joanna was awarded an MBA in Finance and Management from the Quinlan School of Business in 2007.  In her role as Assistant Provost she will continue to interface with all areas within Academic Affairs, including schools and major academic units that report to the Provost such as Enrollment Management, Academic Services, Curriculum Development, and the University Bookstore. Joanna is the Ethics Line representative for Academic Affairs and is a founding member of Loyola’s staff mentoring program.

Adam Shorter, MBA, has been promoted to Assistant Director, Academic Business Operations, reporting directly to Joanna Pappas. Adam brings over 12 years of experience in business management and financial analysis to his role in Academic Affairs. Adam joined Loyola in 2006, first in the Office of Budgeting and Financial Planning working as a Financial Analyst and Senior Financial Analyst in that division. While working in the Budgeting Office Adam was responsible for rewriting the university capital budget policy, in addition to the accumulation, organization and control of University capital projects from request, to approval, to closure.   He joined the Office of the Provost in 2010 as a Business Manager.  Prior to joining Loyola, Adam worked for CNA Insurance and TCF Bank’s Lakeshore Corporate Office.  Adam earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Finance.  In his role as Assistant Director, Adam will assist with monitoring the financial and business operations of Academic Affairs, particularly with the University Centers of Excellence, research services, and global affairs and initiatives. He will also continue to manage the operations and workflow with some of our university partners, such as accounts payable, purchasing, accounting, and sponsored program accounting.

Please share this information within your units and join me in congratulating both Joanna Pappas and Adam Shorter on their well-deserved promotions, and their significant contributions to the business operations of Academic Affairs and the University.


John P. Pelissero, PhD