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Loyoal University Chicago Appoints New Provost Veteran Scholar to Lead Academics
CHICAGO, May 20, 2010 – John P. Pelissero, PhD, has been appointed the new Provost of Loyola University Chicago. Pelissero, who has served as Interim Provost since March, has a long and stellar record at Loyola. He has served as a member of the University’s faculty for more than 25 years, and since 2005, he has held the Vice Provost position.
Most recently, Pelissero was responsible for a number of initiatives and several strategic goals, including managing academic affairs budgets and resources and supervising academic programs, including the Core Curriculum and Honors Programs. He was also responsible for institutional research and reporting. In addition, Pelissero served as chairperson of the Department of Political Science and is a professor in the department as well.
“John’s leadership has led to strengthening our academic reputation, healthy enrollments, new efficiencies and processes, and providing our students with a truly transformational educational experience,” said Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president, Loyola University Chicago. “With our new strategic plan focused significantly on academic affairs, John’s efforts to date bode well for continued progress on our key priorities.”
Pelissero’s track record of strategic leadership, budget management, institutional knowledge, commitment to academic excellence, and managing successfully through challenges led to his appointment. His administrative style is one of true collaboration within the academic affairs division and across the University with other divisions.
John received his PhD, MA, and MPA from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University. Prior to his tenure at Loyola, he was an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University. As a faculty member, he taught 25 different courses on political science subjects. He has written two books on urban politics and management and has published more than 30 articles on political science and public administration.
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 15,800 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 10 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 its 2010 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.