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Loyola University Chicago Names New Provost and
Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Norberto Grzywacz Brings Multidisciplinary Research and Teaching Portfolio That Bridges Science and the Humanities

Chicago, February 3, 2020: Loyola University Chicago announced today that Norberto Grzywacz, PhD, has been appointed provost and chief academic officer effective February 1, 2020.

Since 2014, Grzywacz (“Greevats”) served as dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University, where he also held faculty appointments in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Georgetown University Medical Center. He will pursue a similar multidisciplinary appointment at Loyola.

“Norberto Grzywacz has an impressive vision for fostering multidisciplinary research and action at Loyola,” said Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD, president of Loyola. “He brings a record of strengthening research infrastructure and academic quality and creating effective governance structures and academic and service programs that embrace and address the complex issues of equity, health, and social justice.”

In his position as provost, Grzywacz will be responsible for providing academic vision and leadership to fulfill the University’s mission and oversee all academic schools, colleges, institutes, honors programs, core curriculum, engaged learning requirements, research, and many other academic support functions for the University. The scope of the role includes managing enrollment and student success for the more than 17,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and leading more than 1,150 full-time and 540 part-time faculty and 960 staff.

“I am excited to continue my career at another great Jesuit university and provide academic vision and leadership to fulfill Loyola’s mission,” said Grzywacz. “I am grateful for the opportunity to advance the Jesuit commitments to faith; social justice; and the consideration of the unique gifts, challenges, and possibilities of each student. Jesuit universities strive to help students find their calling and passions, not just to impart information.”

Prior to his time at Georgetown, Grzywacz served as the Dwight C. and Hildagarde E. Baum Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. In addition to these leadership roles, he was professor of neuroscience and of biomedical and electrical engineering while at USC. He also served as a postdoctoral fellow and research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Grzywacz was also a senior scientist at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1980 and his doctorate in neurobiology in 1984 from the same institution.

“Norberto’s profound understanding of complex, matrixed issues and structures will lead us to deeper programming and engaged collaborations across our campuses,” added Dr. Rooney. “His commitment and these qualities will be a tremendous leadership asset to Loyola as we create a new strategic plan focused on navigating a landscape in higher education that will demand innovation and collaboration.”

About the search process
Loyola created a Provost Search Committee made up of 21 members that reflect the Loyola community including students, faculty, staff, institute directors, and a Dean. Once the committee interviewed preliminary candidates, they were also involved in the second round of interviews with the finalists and met with Dr. Rooney to discuss each of the finalist candidates with her and give their recommendations. A website was created specifically for the search to keep the communities updated on progress.

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 11,500 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’s 14 schools, colleges, and institutes include: the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, 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 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. Learn more about Loyola, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom



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