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Loyola University Chicago Appoints
Advancement Vice President
Karen Paciero Joins Loyola with a Record of
Facilitating Philanthropic Investments
and Building Strong and Innovative Partnerships

Karen Paciero, Vice President, Advancement. (Photo: Lukas Keapproth)

CHICAGO, August 22, 2019—Loyola University Chicago has appointed Karen Paciero as vice president of advancement, effective October 1.

Paciero has had a successful career as a development professional facilitating philanthropy and building partnerships with those who share the goals of advancing excellence, research, education, social justice, and patient care programs. She has worked within a number of organizations including Feeding America, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and a local human service agency in the Detroit metropolitan area, Starfish Family Services. Most recently she served as associate vice president of individual giving at University of Chicago Medicine, medicine and biological sciences.

“Philanthropy fuels creative thinking and innovation, and Karen’s leadership will help Loyola match resources to our strategic aspirations,” said Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD, president, Loyola University Chicago. “Her philosophy on philanthropy centers on building a community of volunteers and supporters from diverse backgrounds to develop innovative ideas and practices for a common goal. She is passionate about the pivotal role philanthropy plays in solving complex problems, educating future leaders, and transforming lives and communities.”

Paciero launched her career as a social worker helping children and families navigate the juvenile justice, child protection, and social welfare systems in the Detroit area. Her early professional years inspire her career to this day and serve as the primary motivation for joining Loyola with its commitment to social justice and its Jesuit values.

“Philanthropy plays such a pivotal role in solving complex problems, educating future leaders, and changing lives,” said Paciero. “Moving into development was an opportunity for me to retain my passion and enthusiasm for social justice programs and disadvantaged populations by enabling charitable investments. I’m excited to be able to execute this kind of change at Loyola.”

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Social Work in public policy and administration from the University of Michigan.

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 14 schools, colleges, and institutes, including Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago, College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, Quinlan School of Business, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Stritch School of Medicine. 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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