Loyola Appoints New Vice President for Advancement

Courtesy of Loyola University Chicago

Loyola added new leadership to its Office of Advancement, officials said Thursday.

Karen Paciero was appointed as the vice president for advancement — the department that handles fundraising and alumni relationships — at Loyola and will start working on campus Oct. 8, according to an email sent to the Loyola community. 

Paciero will build Loyola’s advancement office in order to address Loyola’s needs, Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney wrote in the email.

Loyola’s Office of Advancement under Rooney has been criticized by the American Association of University Professors for what it said is a lack of fundraising, The Phoenix reported. 

Paciero has spent the past eight years working as associate vice president for development at University of Chicago Medicine, where she helped develop university-community partnerships to address health issues related to poverty, Rooney wrote.

Previously, Paciero worked at: Feeding America, a nonprofit that manages food banks; St. Jude’s Hospital Research Center; and Starfish Family Services, a nonprofit which helps low-income families in Detroit. She got her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and master’s degree in social work from University of Michigan, according to Rooney.

“Karen and the advancement team will help to provide the insight, leadership, and resources to support and strengthen our mission for the next 150 years,” Rooney wrote.

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