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Loyola Fills Vacant Seats for Leadership Positions on Staff

Michen Dewey | The PhoenixDr. William Rodriguez, currently associate dean of students at UIC, will be Loyola's new dean of students come November.

Loyola announced the hiring of three school deans and a new senior vice president for advancement during the month of March, filling many vacant faculty positions.

Steve Goldstein was elected to fill the role of the dean of the Stritch School of Medicine on March 17. Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney and Provost of the Health Sciences Division Margaret Faut Callahan sent out an email welcoming Goldstein and announced he would assume his position on May 22. He joins Loyola from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, where he currently serves as a university professor of biochemistry. Goldstein served as the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Brandeis from 2011-2014.

He has “more than 30 years of extensive experience in health sciences research, medical education and higher education administration,” Rooney wrote in the email.

Terry R. Light served as the interim Dean of the Stritch School of Medicine since Jan. 1.

Goutham Menon will take over as the dean of the School of Social Work on July 1. Rooney and Provost John Pelissero sent out an email announcing Menon’s position on March 15. Menon is currently the Director of the School of Social Work and a professor of social work at the University of Nevada, Reno.

While in Reno, Menon increased enrollment with the School of Social Work for undergraduates and graduates, according to the email from Rooney and Pelissero. The School of Social Work has not had an official dean for more than a year and a half. Susan Grossman has served as the interim dean of the School of Social Work since July 2015.

Michael Kaufman is the new dean of the School of Law. Rooney and Pelissero announced in an email on March 13 that Kaufman’s position would take effect immediately. Kaufman has been a part of the Loyola Law faculty since 1986. He served as the School of Law’s associate dean from 2005 until July 2016, when he became the interim dean of the School of Law.

As the associate dean, Kaufman created two Loyola School of Law institutes; the Education Law and Policy Institute and the Institute for Investor Protection. Kaufman is also an accomplished scholar publishing dozens of books and countless law review articles.

“He has devoted his entire professional life to the service of others and is renowned for his efforts to create greater educational diversity and equity at all levels of learning,” Rooney wrote in the email.

Damon Cates is the new senior vice president for advancement and will take office on May 1. Rooney welcomed Cates in an email announcement on March 9. Cates is currently the senior associate vice president, campaign director and alumni relations director at the University of Chicago. As the senior vice president for advancement at Loyola, Cates will lead the Advancement Division, including all development and fundraising efforts, alumni relations and special events.

“As a VP, when working with alumni, alumni are looking for a meaningful connection to each other and the university,” Cates said. “That’s where the Alumni Association can provide some services and a great way for people to connect with each other and the institution.”

Cates will also be working closely with university leaders such as provosts, deans, faculty, staff, senior leaders and members of the Board of Trustees.

“Damon and the entire Advancement Division will be critical in helping the university achieve our strategic goals in the years to come through increased fundraising success and endowment growth,” Rooney wrote in the email.

Jamie Orsini served as the interim vice president for advancement since April 2016 and will resume her role as associate vice president for advancement when Cates joins the staff.

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Trisha McCauley is the news editor of the The PHOENIX and this is her second year on staff. She is a senior at Loyola majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in sports management. She was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, but has enjoyed exploring the city of Chicago.