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Loyola University Chicago Appoints Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Dean
Lorna Finnegan, PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN is Health Systems Expert, Scholar, Educator, and Administrator

CHICAGO, January 10, 2019—Loyola University Chicago has appointed Lorna Finnegan, PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN, as dean of its Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, effective July 1.

She joins Loyola from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Nursing, where she is executive associate dean and an associate professor of health systems science. As the associate head and then head of the Department of Health Systems Science, the largest department in the College of Nursing, she oversaw faculty and operations. Throughout her UIC tenure, she led strategic planning efforts, mentored and coached many faculty and staff across six campuses, exceeded enrollment goals for doctor of nursing practice programs, and helped automate and optimize faculty workload and teaching assignments and other operational processes.

“Dr. Finnegan’s impressive background as a dedicated nurse practitioner, scholar, and an accomplished higher education administrator will be an asset to the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, its faculty, and students,” said Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN, Loyola’s Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer and Health Sciences Division Provost. “Loyola nurses and Niehoff graduates have an outstanding reputation as healthcare providers who care for the whole person in Chicago, across the country, and around the world. I know Dr. Finnegan will continue to advance the school’s mission, education, and research endeavors.”

“Her commitment to Loyola’s mission of preparing students to treat the human body and spirit will help us realize our goals of scholarly excellence, service, and advancing high-impact research,” continued Callahan.

Through her scholarship and clinical practice, Finnegan’s innovative strategies have helped increase access to primary care and reduce health disparities in vulnerable and underserved populations.

Finnegan has been principal and co-investigator on multiple grants, including the National Institute of Health R01 grants to identify clusters of symptoms and risk factors in childhood cancer survivors and other at-risk populations. Her research has been published internationally, and she was a visiting scholar in Thailand, South Africa, and South Korea.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Loyola’s Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing,” said Finnegan. “I’m excited to work with Niehoff’s remarkable faculty and staff to advance its mission of preparing students to improve the health outcomes of people and communities locally and globally.”

Outgoing Dean Vicki Keough, PhD, RN, FAAN, will return to a Niehoff faculty position at the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

“Dean Keough’s exceptional leadership has positioned the school for a bright future,” said Callahan. “We are tremendously grateful for her years of service and dedication to the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and look forward to welcoming her back to its faculty”

About Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Since 1935 the Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing has been providing nursing education and was the first baccalaureate degree-granting school of nursing in Illinois. The school offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate nursing programs as well as non-nursing programs in health systems management, exercise science, and dietetics. Niehoff provides a transformative education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition by preparing leaders in the health professions to improve human health through research, service, and practice. For more information, visit LUC.edu/nursing.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 17,000 students. Nearly 12,000 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 13 schools, colleges, and institutes, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by 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 or @LoyolaNewsroom.

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