Dr. Jo Ann Rooney was announced as Loyola’s 24th president at 11 a.m. today. Rooney is the first woman and non-Jesuit president in Loyola’s history.
Rooney, 55, served as president of Spalding University, a Catholic college in Louisville, Kentucky, from 2002-10, according to a message on the presidential search committee’s website. She also served as the president of Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts. Rooney was appointed to the U.S. Department of Defense in 2010. Rooney also has experience in the health care field as a managing director for the Huron Consulting Group.
“The best leaders are those who can make difficult decisions, are highly focused, and have the will to overcome obstacles, but who also are warm, thoughtful, and compassionate,” stated chairperson of the presidential search committee Bob Parkinson in the press release. “We are fortunate to have found all of these personal attributes in Dr. Rooney.”
Rooney’s hiring comes after an 11-month-long search for Loyola’s president. John Pelissero served as interim president after the Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., resigned in June 2015.
Rooney said she looks forward to working in a “community that respects each other but also challenges each other.”
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