CHICAGO (AP) – The president of Loyola University in Chicago on Monday announced his intention to step down at the end of the current academic year.
Jo Ann Rooney has emailed students, faculty and staff notifying them of her intention to retire.
“While this may surprise some of you, it is the result of careful thought on my part, a few personal issues that deserve more attention, and a desire to ensure continued leadership. both the implementation of our multi-year strategic plan and a comprehensive fundraising campaign of over 8 years begin, ”said Rooney.
Rooney is the first woman and lay president of Loyola-Chicago.
Its accomplishments include creating the multi-year strategic plan, hosting the most diverse and important freshman classes in university history this year, diversifying faculty ranks, increasing staffing. of the university and strengthening its finances, the university said in a press release.
Rooney could remain in an advisory capacity after the current academic year to ease the transition to the next president, the university said.
Loyola University Chicago is one of the largest Jesuit and Catholic universities in the country, with more than 17,000 students, including nearly 11,500 undergraduates.
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