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LUC Appoints New College of Arts and Sciences Dean
Francis L. Fennell, PHD, Tapped to Lead University’s Largest College
CHICAGO, April 7, 2009 – Loyola University Chicago, after an extensive search, has appointed interim dean and long-time member of the English department, Francis L. Fennell, PhD, as the next dean of its College of Arts and Sciences, the University’s largest college.
Dr. Fennell has served as interim dean of the college since June 1, 2008, and his appointment to dean only builds on his years of dedicated service to Loyola. Since joining the faculty in 1968, Dr. Fennell has climbed the ranks, serving as an associate professor, professor, chair of the English department, and associate dean. He has served the college as director of writing across the curriculum, assistant dean for the humanities, and as an active member of Faculty Council and the University-wide Committee on Academic Review and Planning.
With his new appointment comes a list of challenges that he’s already begun to address, including the development of a strategic plan to guide the College of Arts and Sciences into the next decade. Dr. Fennell also will focus on recruiting more full-time faculty to teach in the classroom, improving the college’s fundraising efforts, and modernizing the curriculum of the college to include more experiential learning opportunities for students.
“This is such an exciting time to be named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences,” said Dr. Fennell. “As interim dean I’ve had the opportunity to shape the direction of this college through the development of a strategic plan, and I’m honored that I was selected to lead the college and implement that plan. I’ve spent the better part of my academic career here, and this is a wonderful opportunity for me to give back to a University that has given me so much.”
Dr. Fennell was selected after a lengthy search that included a number of candidates from all over the United States. “In the end, after meeting with members of the Dean Search Committee, and reviewing the evaluative comments submitted by members of the Loyola community, Dr. Fennell emerged as the clear choice from a slate of talented candidates,” said Christine Wiseman, Loyola’s provost. “Leading the largest college at Loyola is a major responsibility, but Dr. Fennell is a proven leader, and we expect great things from him.”
About the College of Arts and Sciences
Loyola University Chicago’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), the largest college at the University, is the ideal undergraduate setting for students to develop awareness of past and present dimensions of human culture, to seek truth, to confirm their dedication to others, and to strengthen their courage to build a future for the human family. Since 1870, the College of Arts and Sciences has advanced the 450-year-old Jesuit tradition of rigorous academic study, firmly grounded in the liberal arts. CAS prepares students for meaningful careers with academic programs in both the arts and sciences, and a focus on each student’s development as a whole person. Located on Loyola’s two main Chicago campuses, the college provides undergraduate students with many opportunities to engage the world and to get a head start on their future careers through volunteer positions and internships. For more information, visit LUC.edu/cas.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,600 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 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 ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in their 2009 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.