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Loyola Announces Long-Awaited Provost

Courtesy of Loyola University ChicagoDr. Norberto Grzywacz will serve as the new provost, effective Feb. 1.

Loyola’s Office of the President announced the appointment of a new provost and chief academic officer in an email sent to the Loyola community Nov. 22. 

Dr. Norberto Grzywacz will serve as the new provost, effective Feb. 1. He was previously the dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University, the email said. 

The provost position was previously held by John Pelissero until he stepped down in November 2017, The Phoenix reported. Margaret Faut Callahan has been acting provost since then. 

Some faculty members, including the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), criticized administrators for the nearly two-year search for a provost, which left the school without “academic leadership,” The Phoenix reported.

The provost is the head of the Office of the Provost and the Division of Academic Affairs, which oversees the 11 colleges and schools at Loyola and other community programs including outreach, research and academic support, according to the Office of the Provost’s website

As a faculty member at Georgetown University, Grzywacz taught interdisciplinary subjects as a professor of physics and neuroscience and will have a similar role at Loyola, according to the email. 

Grzywacz was also the director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Southern California and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the email said. 

Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney, Grzywacz or Callahan didn’t immediately comment.

A Georgetown University graduate school dean was named as Loyola’s provost and chief academic officer, ending a heavily criticized two-year search for the position.  

Loyola’s Office of the President named Dr. Norberto Grzywacz the new provost and chief academic officer — effective Feb. 1 —  in an email sent to the Loyola community Nov. 22. 

The provost is the head of the Office of the Provost and the Division of Academic Affairs, which oversees the 11 colleges and schools at Loyola and other community programs including outreach, research and academic support, according to the Office of the Provost’s website

Grzywacz was previously the dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University, the email said. 

Grzywacz said he’s excited to come to Loyola and said he sees an opportunity to create a more modern university model for Loyola.

“[Loyola] is the right place for me to do the kind of work I’m best at,” Grzywacz said. “Loyola has an opportunity to be a leader in the implementation of a university more connected to social needs … to find academic solutions to social problems.”

Some faculty members, including the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), criticized administrators for the nearly two-year search for a provost, which left the school without “academic leadership,” The Phoenix reported.

Robert Bucholz, a Loyola history professor who served on the provost search committee, said the committee’s first search didn’t produce any “clear candidates” for the position and had to hire a second search firm Isaacson-Miller — an executive search firm.

Despite the two-year search period, Bucholz said he didn’t feel it took a long time.

As a faculty member at Georgetown University, Grzywacz taught interdisciplinary subjects as a physics and neuroscience, and will have a similar role at Loyola, according to the email. 

Grzywacz was also the director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Southern California and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the email said. He speaks six languages, according to his Georgetown University faculty page.

Grzywacz said he wants input from Loyola’s faculty and students, and plans to do outreach when he first starts in spring.

“The only way I can learn what the issues are is to talk [to the students and faculty],” Grzywacz said. 

The provost position was held by John Pelissero until he stepped down in November 2017, the Phoenix reported. Margaret Faut Callahan has been acting provost since then. 

Callahan said while she didn’t play an active role in the search for provost, she said she’s excited about the decision.

“We’re all very excited to bring someone of his stature [to Loyola],” Callahan said. 

Callahan said she and other faculty members are preparing to brief Grzywacz and she said she expects the transition to go smoothly. 

The search for provost was done by a 21-member committee of faculty, staff, one undergraduate student and a graduate student, according to the Office of the Provost’s website

Bucholz said he feels confident in the committee’s decision.

“[The committee] was looking for someone with experience at the dean level from a diverse university,” Bucholz said. “[Grzywacz] exhibits very fine qualities in a provost.”

Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney didn’t respond to requests for comment.

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