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Loyola Announces New Leadership for its Campus in Rome Ambitious Plans Identified for the Future of the John Felice Rome Center
CHICAGO, August, 2007 -Loyola University Chicago has appointed Emilio Iodice, professor of business at Trinity University, as the new director and associate provost of the John Felice Rome Center (JFRC), Loyola’s premier study abroad program in Rome. The University also announced a new administrative structure for the JFRC that includes the appointment of Susana Cavallo, PhD, professor of modern languages and literatures, as the associate director for academic programs. This position is new to the JFRC.
The John Felice Rome Center, which opened in 1962, is the second largest study abroad program in Italy and currently boasts more than 13,000 alumni worldwide. More than 400 students attend the JFRC each year, with often over 35 U.S. universities represented in the student population during a single term. Under this new leadership, Michael Garanzini, S.J., president of Loyola University Chicago, hopes to enhance the JFRC considerably by improving curriculum, internship opportunities, facilities, program diversification, and increasing undergraduate and graduate course offerings.
Before joining Trinity University, Professor Iodice served as the executive vice president at Skylink USA, where he managed both the business development of aviation services and the security of the company’s global operations, including those in Iraq. He also served as vice president of Lucent Technologies and was responsible for operations and sales of one of the firm’s largest divisions, which has offices in 80 countries. As a top executive in the U.S. government, he has served in the White House, U.S. Department of the Treasury, and U.S. Department of Commerce, including terms on the Councils of the President of the United States for International Economic Policy and for Export Expansion. In the U.S. Foreign Service he served as a minister for commercial affairs at the American embassies in Rome, Paris, Madrid, Mexico City, and Brasilia, Brazil.
“Professor Iodice’s strong relationship with the American embassy in Rome and global executive experience in public and private sectors make him an excellent fit to lead the JFRC,” says Father Garanzini. “I have ambitious expectations for the future of the JFRC and believe that its new leadership and structure will further enhance its international reputation for providing outstanding study abroad experiences for graduate and undergraduate students.”
Dr. Susana Cavallo joined Loyola in 1982 as an assistant professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. She became professor of Spanish language and literature in 2000, and has served as department chair since 2005. As the new associate director for academic programs at the JFRC, she will be responsible for academic affairs, which includes faculty recruitment, curriculum development, course scheduling, and student academic services. She will serve as the primary deputy to Professor Iodice.
In addition to these administrative changes, the JFRC will offer two new courses this fall in conjunction with Loyola’s School of Business Administration. It will also host the inaugural group of Ricci Scholars, a research and cultural immersion program in which participants spend one semester at the JFRC and one semester at the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies before returning to Chicago to prepare a senior thesis or portfolio.
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. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and 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 LUC.edu