Here is the message from Loyola Provost John Pelissero
Father Garanzini and I wish to share the good news that Reinhard Andress, PhD, of Saint Louis University (SLU), has been named the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). Dr. Andress succeeds Frank Fennell, PhD, who will return to the faculty, in the Department of English, next academic year.
Dr. Andress has nearly 20 years of experience in Jesuit higher education, including eight years as an academic administrator at SLU. He currently serves as the associate dean for graduate education in the College of Arts and Sciences at SLU, where he also previously served as associate dean for academic affairs in the Graduate School. From 2004–09, he served as chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. As an associate dean, Dr. Andress established a Board of Graduate Education and a Graduate Faculty Membership Committee; participated in alumni outreach and fundraising; and he developed funding policies for undergraduate and graduate research, as well as for graduate student study abroad. Academically, he was also involved in initiatives aimed at reducing time-to-degree, increasing completion rates, assessing outcomes, and exploring evolving modalities of educational instruction. Under his leadership, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages grew by 30 percent under a new strategic plan. He also successfully implemented new programs and initiatives, including the Global Villa, a residential learning community centered in intercultural competence.
“Loyola University Chicago is experiencing dynamic growth, and you can feel the energy when you’re on campus and talking with faculty, staff, students, and administrators. They’re doing an amazing job of turning the Jesuit ideal of a transformative education into reality,” says Dr. Andress. “As dean of the College of Arts and Sciences I very much look forward to working together with my new colleagues to fine-tune this educational endeavor through the avenues of teaching and research, and through service that nurtures justice.”
An accomplished scholar of German cultural studies whose work has been widely published, Dr. Andress holds both an MA and PhD in German literature from the University of Illinois and a BA in German from Rockford College. Dr. Andress will officially start on July 1, 2012.
Father Garanzini and I wish to extend our sincere appreciation to the search committee that was chaired by Donald Heider, PhD, dean of the School of Communication, for its diligent work in identifying a highly qualified pool of candidates. Search committee members included: John Cunningham, S.J., PhD, associate professor, physics; Sarah Gabel, PhD, associate professor and chair, Department of Fine and Performing Arts; James Garbarino, PhD, professor and Maude C. Clarke chair in humanistic psychology; Russell Gonzalez, senior CAS student; Robert Kelly, PhD, vice president for student development; Rosa Negussie, academic programs assistant, Department of Sociology; and Joyce Wexler, PhD, professor and chair, Department of English. The committee was assisted by Dennis Barden, a consultant with the executive search firm Witt/Kieffer.
Please join me in welcoming Reinhard Andress to his new leadership role at Loyola University Chicago.
John Pelissero, PhD