Loyola names new continuing eduation dean

Loyola University Chicago had hired a long-time university administrator as the new dean of the university’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Here is the message from the university:
Father Garanzini and I wish to share the good news that Walter S. Pearson, PhD, of Lewis University, has been named the new dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS). Dr. Pearson succeeds Janet Deatherage, PhD, acting dean, who will return this summer to her appointment as SCPS associate dean.Dr. Pearson comes to Loyola with extensive experience as an innovative and collaborative leader in adult and continuing higher education. He  previously served as dean of New College at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and as associate academic dean and director of evening, weekend, and graduate programs at Simpson College in Iowa. Dr. Pearson also held academic appointments as an assistant professor at both St. Edward’s University and Simpson College, and currently at Lewis University. His broad administrative involvement at his previous institutions includes service on governance bodies that set academic policy, along with strategic planning and budgeting committees.

Currently, Dr. Pearson serves as the dean of the School for Professional and Continuing Education at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. In that role, he works with more than 200 faculty members and five deans to provide undergraduate degree completion and graduate programs for working adults, offered online and at six campuses. Dr. Pearson’s program development achievements in adult and continuing education have consistently demonstrated a focus on quality, convenience, flexibility, and affordability. I am confident that Dr. Pearson’s strengths in administration, program development, marketing, recruitment, strategic action, and technology will serve Loyola well.

Dr. Pearson holds a BA in labor studies from Antioch University, an MA in adult and continuing education from the University of Missouri–Kansas City, and a PhD in educational leadership and policy studies from Iowa State University. Actively engaged at the national level in professional associations, Dr. Pearson serves on the Board of Trustees of the Association for Continuing and Higher Education (ACHE), as well as on a task force of the Higher Learning Commission to develop an academy on enhancing student persistence. Dr. Pearson will officially begin his appointment at Loyola on August 1, 2013.


John Pelissero, PhD



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