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Loyola University Chicago’s Gannon Center Selects New Director
Janet Sisler, Executive Director of Madonna Foundation, Chosen to Lead Center

CHICAGO, June 1, 2010 — Loyola University Chicago has named Janet Sisler as the new director of the University’s Ann Ida Gannon Center for Women and Leadership. Sisler, currently the executive director of the Madonna Foundation, will officially join the University on July 12, 2010.

For the past ten years, Sisler has served in a variety of management positions with the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Service Corporation, which has a mission of ministry to the elderly, women, and children. She is president of the Franciscan Community Benefit Services and corporate director of community relations for the organization. In her role as executive director for the Madonna Foundation, she oversees the Madonna scholarship program, develops strategic partnerships with Catholic universities and high schools, and led a program that achieved 100 percent college enrollment for the scholar class of 2009.

Sisler is a double graduate of Mundelein College, having received both her bachelor’s and a master’s degree in religious studies. In addition to her education at Mundelein, Sisler also received her Master of Education in research and policy analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She serves on the Mundelein College Alumnae Board and she was the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Coffey Award at Loyola’s annual Founders’ Dinner. For 10 years, she also held leadership positions ranging from ministry and consulting to assistant, associate, and interim co-superintendent for the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools, the largest Catholic-school system in the world.

Janet has been involved in the Jesuit community and education sector for 30 years, and she has gained invaluable experience in the Catholic educational traditions, says John Pelissero, Loyola’s provost. She is a knowledgeable and influential community leader, and we are thrilled that she has decided to join our University as the Gannon Center’s new director.

About the Gannon Center for Women & Leadership
Designed to honor Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, an outstanding past president of the original Mundelein College, the former women’s college that joined with Loyola in 1991, the Gannon Center has created and developed a solid collection of programs and activities. The Women and Leadership Archives is a center for collecting, preserving, and making available primary-source materials on women leaders. The multi-disciplinary Women’s Studies Program, founded in 1979, is the first women’s studies program at a Jesuit university. The Institute of Women and Leadership sponsors a variety of creative programs that strengthen and enhance leadership and skills among women undergraduates, alumnae, and community members.

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.

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