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Loyola University Chicago Appoints New College of Arts and Sciences Dean
University’s Largest School to be Led by Reinhard Andress, PhD
CHICAGO, May 8, 2012 – Reinhard Andress, PhD, an accomplished German literature scholar, has been named the new dean of Loyola University Chicago’s largest college, the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Andress, who succeeds the current dean, Frank Fennell, PhD, will officially join the University on July 1, 2012
Dr. Andress brings to Loyola nearly 20 years of experience in Jesuit higher education, including eight years as an academic administrator at Saint Louis University (SLU). Currently, Dr. Andress serves as the associate dean for graduate affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences at SLU. He also spent a year as the associate dean for academic affairs in the Graduate School, and from 2004–09, he served as chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. Prior to his administrative posts, Dr. Andress held faculty appointments at SLU, Middlebury College, Alfred University, Colby College, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, FAS-Johannes Gutenberg Universität, and the University of Illinois.
“Loyola University Chicago is experiencing dynamic growth, and you can feel the energy when you’re on campus and talking with faculty, staff, students, and administrators. They’re doing an amazing job of turning the Jesuit ideal of a transformative education into reality,” said Dr. Andress. “As dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, I very much look forward to working together with my new colleagues to fine-tune this educational endeavor through the avenues of teaching and research, and through service that nurtures justice.”
As an administrator at SLU, Dr. Andress established a Board of Graduate Education and a Graduate Faculty Membership Committee; participated in alumni outreach and fundraising; and developed funding policies for undergraduate and graduate research, as well as for graduate student study abroad. Academically, he was also involved in important initiatives aimed at reducing time-to-degree, increasing completion rates, assessing outcomes, and exploring evolving modalities of educational instruction. Under his leadership, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages grew by 30 percent under a new strategic plan. He also successfully implemented new programs and initiatives, including the Global Villa, a residential learning community centered in intercultural competence.
An accomplished scholar of German cultural studies whose work has been widely published, Dr. Andress holds both an MA and PhD in German literature from the University of Illinois and a BA in German from Rockford College.
“I am confident that Dr. Andress will bring his collaborative leadership style to serve both the college and the University in this important capacity,” said John Pelissero, PhD, Loyola’s provost. “His view of the liberal arts and sciences resonates strongly with Loyola’s Jesuit tradition of learning and knowledge, ethical leadership, and faith and justice. Coupled with his significant experience at Saint Louis University, Dr. Andress is well-positioned to continue moving the College of Arts and Sciences forward.”
About the College of Arts and Sciences
The largest of Loyola University Chicago’s 10 schools and colleges, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) serves nearly 7,000 students. Since 1870, the CAS has advanced the 450-year-old Jesuit tradition of rigorous academic study, firmly grounded in the liberal arts. The college prepares students for meaningful careers with top academic programs in 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. Learn more at LUC.edu/cas.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university, with more than 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as a presence in Beijing and an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The University’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, continuing and professional studies, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, and social work. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also 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. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.