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Loyola University Chicago Names New Deans for Graduate School and School of Education

June 2005, Chicago, IL Loyola President Michael J. Garanzini, S.J. is pleased to announce the appointments of two new deans who will be joining the University this year.

Samuel Attoh, Ph.D., of the University of Toledo will be the Dean of the Graduate School and David Prasse, Ph.D., who is serving as Loyola’s School of Education Interim Dean has been named to the permanent position. Both appointments are affective in July of this year.

“The new Deans we have recruited have demonstrated the capacity to think creatively and be innovative,” commented Father Garanzini. “Each of them has successfully developed and shared a new vision at another institutio. “It is this type of leadership we believe will prepare us for a great second century as a university.”

Dr. Attoh is Professor and former Chair of Geography and Planning at The University of Toledo, located in Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Attoh’s research and teaching interests are in urban and regional planning, housing and community development, and the geography of international development. He has published over 30 journal articles and technical reports and presented more than 40 papers at national and international conferences. Dr. Attoh served as a fellow of the American Council on Education in 2003-2004 and completed his administrative internship at Carnegie Mellon. He currently is a Regional Councilor of the East Lakes Advisory Panel of the National Science foundation’s Geography and Regional Sciences Program, and Editorial Board member   of the Professional Geographer journal. Dr. Attoh received his Ph.D. from Boston University and his M.A. from Carleton University, Ottawa.

Loyola’s Graduate School is home to all of the research centered M.A., M.S. and Ph.D. programs of the University, as well as professionally related programs in Work Place Studies and in the Institute of Pastoral Studies. The Graduate School offers an   array of graduate opportunities in the traditionally defined disciplines as well as in the interdisciplinary areas. Loyola is recognized for its commitment to personalized teaching and mentorship. While deeply engaged in research and the pursuit of knowledge, Loyola faculty members are dedicated teachers who regard their work in the classroom, laboratory and field site as essential to their professional lives.

Dr. David Prasse, appointed Dean of the School of Education, has been serving as the school’s interim dean since September 2004. In that role, Dr. Prasse undertook a strong and innovative program to advance the research agenda of the school. He also led the development of new academic programs for the Water Tower Campus and conducted key searches for new faculty. Prior to serving as interim dean, Dr. Prasse was Associate Dean for Academic Programs of the School of Education. He arrived to   Loyola University Chicago in 1999 as Chair of Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Psychology in the School of Education.   Dr. Prasse received his Ph.D. in School Psychology and M.S. from Indiana State University at Terre Haute, Indiana. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Prasse has held many academic and administrative positions at several higher education institutions, including 17 years at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he served as Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology as well as the Director of Doctoral Studies in the School of Education. Dr. Prasse also served as a Personnel Psychologist in the United States Army.

The School of Education, located in the heart of the city at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus, offers undergraduate, master’s, educational specialist and doctoral degree programs. As part of a major university in a world-class location, the School of Education provides high-quality programs that develop professional skills and knowledge both for the classroom and for diverse urban environments. Loyola’s School of Education maintains strong partnerships with the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Archdiocese Schools, as well as with suburban schools, to provide extensive opportunities for clinical experiences and research.

These appointments are part of a comprehensive search for world class leaders that the University embarked on about a year ago.   In February, the president named deans for the law and business schools and is currently conducting searches for deans of the   library, research and Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine.

About Loyola University Chicago

Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of 14,000 students, which includes 8,500 undergraduates, hailing from all 50 states, as well as 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses, three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include: arts and sciences, business administration, education, grad studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 52 undergraduate majors, 59 master’s degrees and doctoral degrees. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” and “best values” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit site at www.luc.edu.




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