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Loyola announces new vice presidential appointments

| By Rita Buettner
Rob Kelly Donelda Cook Loyola University Maryland
Donelda Cook, Ph.D., and Robert Kelly, Ph.D.

Loyola University Maryland has named two new vice presidents and one interim vice president to begin in their roles July 1.

Donelda Cook, Ph.D., Loyola’s associate vice president for student development, will become vice president for student development. Cook, who came to Loyola in 1993 to become director of the Counseling Center, earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Delaware State University, a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University, and a Master of Theology and Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies from St. Mary’s Seminary & University Ecumenical Institute of Theology. During her tenure at Loyola, Cook has twice served as acting vice president for student development.

“Dr. Cook is well-known on campus as an advocate for her collaborative leadership style and her commitment to our students, especially for student health and wellness,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola.

In addition to participating in the Ignatian Colleagues Program for Faculty and Administrators of Jesuit Universities, Cook has also served as a spiritual director for several years on Loyola's Ignatian Retreats and for the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises Retreat.

“When I was in undergraduate and graduate school, I was blessed to find a profession that I loved, helping students grow and develop during very important stages of their lives,” Cook said. “Years ago, when I came to Loyola to continue the career I loved, I fell in love with the students, colleagues, and mission, and Loyola became my home. I look forward to continued participation in the Loyola community as we develop new ways of living out our mission through the strategic plan, and create an even stronger sense of community and belonging for all students.”

Robert Kelly, Ph.D., a 1994 graduate of Loyola, will be vice president and special assistant to the president. A current member of Loyola’s Board of Trustees, Kelly comes to Loyola from Union College, where he is chief of staff. He has more than 20 years of experience working in higher education. In addition to earning his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Loyola, Kelly received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and his master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont.

“I really want to connect with the faculty, the students, and the staff. I have so much pride in the institution, and I want everyone to recognize the beauty of Loyola and the spark of the community,” said Kelly, who is drawn to the University’s new strategic plan. “It’s exciting, it’s bold, it’s ambitious, and it’s what Loyola needs to be able to compete and thrive in a changing higher education landscape. We’re going to go into the next era and reach new heights.”

At Loyola, Kelly will oversee external affairs, athletics, mission integration, Campus Ministry, the Center for Community Service and Justice, and the President’s Advisory Council for Equity and Inclusion. He will work closely with Fr. Linnane to prioritize and set the agenda for the President’s Cabinet. He will also collaborate with John McKiernan, J.D., assistant vice president in the office of the president, and Thomas Scheye, Ph.D., Loyola Distinguished Service Professor of English, to provide oversight of the implementation of the strategic plan.

“Dr. Kelly brings to the role a depth and breadth of experience, a strong understanding of the current challenges in higher education, and a passion for both Jesuit education and liberal arts education that will serve Loyola well as we implement our strategic plan,” Fr. Linnane said.

Mark Lindenmeyer, assistant vice president and director of financial aid, will serve as interim vice president for enrollment management and communications from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018. A 1977 graduate of Loyola who also earned his MBA from Loyola in 1982, Lindenmeyer has worked at Loyola since he started as an admission counselor in 1977.

“I am enormously pleased with the experience and insights these leaders will bring to their positions and to the President’s Cabinet,” said Fr. Linnane.

Three members of the President’s Cabinet are leaving Loyola this summer for positions at other institutions. Susan M. Donovan, Ph.D., executive vice president, has been named president of Bellarmine University; Marc M. Camille, Ed.D., vice president for enrollment management and communications, will be president of Albertus Magnus College; and Sheilah Shaw Horton, Ph.D., vice president for student development and dean of students, will be vice president and dean of students at Wellesley College. 

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