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Loyola University Chicago Appoints New Provost
Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., President of Loyola University Chicago, has announced the appointment of Christine Wiseman, JD, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Creighton University, as new Provost of the University. Wiseman will begin her new appointment on July 1.
“Christine’s track record of administrative success, combined with her scholarly interests and personal passions, align with Loyola’s mission, values, and vision,” said Father Garanzini. “She has experience in managing the complexities inherent in higher education, an extensive background in negotiation and conflict resolution, and she will provide the kind of leadership needed in strategic planning for the academic enterprise.”
At Creighton, Wiseman has led strategic planning and the university’s re-accreditation efforts. She also directed interdisciplinary initiatives such as joint academic forums, which served to foster collaboration between the university’s Health Sciences and other disciplines. Wiseman supervised Enrollment Management, the Registrar’s Office, Student Retention, the Office of International Programs, the university library, federally-funded TRIO Programs, and a two-million dollar Lilly grant, which supports Creighton’s Cardoner Program, a program that emphasizes vocation as “calling” across the university.
She has spent nearly 30 years in Jesuit Catholic higher education and was the first woman to rise through academic ranks to a position of senior administrative leadership at Marquette University. During her tenure there, she served as Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the law school, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for the university. Wiseman was also an Assistant Wisconsin Attorney General and a federal district law clerk before moving into higher education. She received her Juris Doctorate from Marquette University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University College of Liberal Arts.
Excited by the opportunity to join Loyola University Chicago, Wiseman notes that, “As an educator, Loyola has always held my interest — for its strong intellectual tradition, the breadth and quality of its academic programs, and its commitment to educating and working with underserved populations — something that is critical to the Jesuit mission and important to my own life as well. It is a fabulous institution with nearly unlimited capacity to impact the quality of Jesuit Catholic higher education into the 21st century.”
As chief academic officer, the Provost oversees teaching, learning, research, and academic services; formulates general academic policies for the University; and promotes quality in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Academics and research are administered by the Division of Academic Affairs, which provides leadership and strategic direction to the University’s academic departments, schools, and programs in support of Loyola’s mission.
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 the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students, which includes nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.LUC.edu.