Margaret Faut Callahan will be returning to her previous role as provost and chief academic officer of Loyola for a one to two-year term, according to a letter from Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney posted on Loyola’s website June 23.
Callahan’s appointment follows the resignation of former provost Dr. Norberto Grzywacz in May after he held the position for about a year.
Rooney announced June 15 Loyola wouldn’t be searching for a permanent provost for at least two years, citing immediate goals such as reopening following a year of online classes and Loyola’s strategic plan, The Phoenix reported.
Callahan comes into the role following a sabbatical leave, having previously led the creation of Loyola’s 2019 strategic plan, the letter said. She previously served as provost of Health Sciences for four years and as interim provost during the last search, The Phoenix reported.
The university searched for a permanent provost throughout 2017 and 2018 following the resignation of John Pelissero, who served in the role for seven years, The Phoenix reported. The lengthy search received criticism from Loyola’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors who said in a letter at the time, “Three years into President Rooney’s tenure in office, we still have only an interim provost and thus no real university-wide academic leadership,” The Phoenix reported.
Callahan said her first priority would be ensuring a smooth transition back to in-person instruction and that she’s looking forward to implementing Loyola’s new strategic plan in an email to Loyola community members.
In an email to The Phoenix, Callahan said she looked forward to working with leadership, faculty and staff and that she’s energized about Loyola’s future.