John P. Pelissero will step down from his role as provost and chief academic officer next year and take a leave of absence starting Jan. 1, according to an email from Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney to the university.
The email sent out Nov. 14 states that Pelissero’s service as provost will end June 30. He will return as a professor of political science for the 2018-19 academic school year. Pelissero has been a part of the Loyola community for more than 30 years, serving as a faculty member, department chair, provost and interim president. Rooney expressed gratitude for Pelissero’s leadership within the university and recognized his commitment to the Loyola community.
“When I began my presidency, our provost and chief academic officer, John P. Pelissero, Ph.D., graciously agreed to continue in his role in order to maintain the momentum of the University’s strategic academic and enrollment initiatives,” Rooney wrote. “Personally, I am very grateful for John’s leadership, his generous and wise counsel, and his passion for Loyola’s academic learning enterprise.”
Pelissero helped implement the university’s four-year strategic plan called “Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane and Sustainable World.” The plan has four objectives to encourage interdisciplinary and community collaboration and encourage dialogue about social justice, The PHOENIX previously reported.
Rooney invited the Loyola community to thank Pelissero for his contributions to the community.
Margaret Faut Callahan will be the interim provost and chief academic officer starting Jan. 1 and will serve until a new provost is named. She is currently the provost for the Health Sciences Division at Loyola and has been with the university since fall 2015.
Loyola is now searching for a new provost, according to the email.
Pelissero did not respond to The PHOENIX’s request for comment at the time of publication