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New Vice President of Student Affairs Appointed At Loyola University Chicago
Seattle University’s Dr. Robert Kelly to Join Loyola on July 1
CHICAGO, April 21, 2009 – Robert D. Kelly, PhD, of Seattle University, has been named the new vice president of student affairs at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Kelly, who will assume his new role on July 1, 2009, succeeds current vice president of student affairs Richard P. Salmi, S.J., who is leaving the University to become the 38th president of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama.
Currently, Dr. Kelly serves as the vice president for student development at Seattle University. He leads and directs strategic planning for the Division of Student Development, which serves more than 7,600 graduate, law, and undergraduate students, and includes more than a dozen offices. In his new role, Dr. Kelly will head up a number of areas, including athletics, campus recreation, graduate assistantships, off-campus student life, residence life, student diversity and multicultural affairs, student leadership and development, student life, and the wellness center.
“We’re very lucky to have identified and hired a natural leader like Dr. Kelly,” said Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president of Loyola University Chicago. “The vice president of student affairs is an important leadership position. Dr. Kelly’s past experience and commitment to Jesuit education have prepared him well to connect with our students and his staff to ensure the continued success of the division.”
At Seattle University, Dr. Kelly is a member of the president’s executive team and has chaired the university’s task forces on engaging diversity, athletic alignment, and formation for leadership. He has also held several student affairs positions, including assistant vice president at Seattle University and associate dean of students at the University of Vermont.
“I am honored to serve the Loyola community and work with faculty, staff, administrators, and students to create the highest quality student experience in the nation,” says Dr. Kelly. “Providing the students with an integrated Jesuit education is more than exemplary student affairs work, it is the heart of what we do in Jesuit higher education&it is student formation.”
Dr. Kelly received his PhD from the University of Maryland, an MEd from the University of Vermont, and a BA from Loyola College in Maryland. He is a member of several national student affairs associations and served as conference program chair of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Dr. Kelly is also a member of the academic affairs committee of the board of trustees at Loyola College in Maryland.
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.