John Slania, former associate dean of Loyola’s School of Communication (SOC), was selected as the school’s dean, according to an email sent Friday to Loyola students, staff and faculty from the Office of the President.
Slania will take over for Don Heider, who was the founding dean of the SOC, effective August 1 until the university finds a permanent replacement. Heider has accepted a new position in the ethics department at Santa Clara University, according to the email.
Slania is “a veteran journalist” who knows the inner workings of the SOC, serving as an administrator for 10 years and most recently worked as the associate dean. The email also credited Slania with developing the journalism major and securing various grants and programs since joining Loyola in 2003.
In an email to The Phoenix, Slania said he was honored to be chosen as the acting dean of the school and expressed his commitment to Loyola and the SOC.
“As a Loyola graduate and a longtime faculty member, I have strong affection and loyalties to the university and the School of Communication,” Slania wrote. “I hope to continue the fine work of Dean Heider and keep the momentum going as the SOC evolves and grows.”
In the email announcement to the Loyola community, acting provost Margaret Callahan thanked both Heider and Slania for their work.
“We are all grateful to Don for his extraordinary service to students and his contributions in building a nationally recognized communication program at Loyola,” Callahan wrote. “I thank John for stepping in during the transition to assure continuity and continued momentum.”