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We are excited to enter the development phase of the strategic planning process. As announced by President Sawyer at the President’s Town Hall on Jan. 30, the framework for our strategy development is as follows:

Our Guiding Commitments

To execute our new vision and move Loyola University Maryland forward, we will need:

Areas of FocusWe will animate our resolve and commitment through targeted strategic initiatives in three areas of focus. Ideas put forward by the community and subsequent working groups must show how their proposals move the needle when it comes to DEIJ and Innovation, Growth, and Operational Excellence as well as the area of focus. In addition, proposals should consider how they may impact other areas of focus beyond the intended one.

An unwavering resolve to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ)

Cura personalis is one of our most cherished Jesuit values. It powers our resolve to engage in work that promotes greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice for all, including for our planet. We are committed to caring for our environment, as well as sustaining the well-being and health of individuals who make up our communities. Our dedication to DEIJ will become a central driving force for our community moving forward.

A robust commitment to Innovation, Growth, and Operational Excellence

Cura apostolica means we must also care for the work of the institution. In the face of growing challenges in higher education and the world, Loyola must adapt and rethink how it sustains and strengthens operational excellence by pursuing innovative and bold strategies that increase revenue, attract new investment, and leverage our resources.

A Steadfast Commitment to Student Success

In our steadfast commitment to the success of our students, Loyola ensures that every student will have opportunities to grow and develop intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Students will be mentored, supported, challenged, and ultimately thrive thanks to integrated professional and educational support that helps them develop agency to chart their path, implement and execute their plans, achieve more than they imagined possible, and flourish as their best possible selves. Created with strong connections to DEIJ and growth, elements of this work may encompass strategies that address:

  • Developing a holistic advising structure
  • Developing a more integrated approach to student well-being
  • Promoting spirited community engagement that last a lifetime
  • Expanding engagement in experiential learning explicitly focused on justice
A Vibrant Intellectual Community

We will elevate our academic and scholarly profile by investing in faculty development, research, and scholarship through well-resourced support structures. Our faculty will be recognized as thought leaders in their fields and offer exceptional student academic experiences, best-in-class teaching, experiential learning, and innovative curriculum and programming. Created with strong connections to DEIJ and growth, elements of this work may encompass strategies that address:

  • Developing new and expanded programs and partnerships
  • Elevating diverse voices across our campus community
  • Growing and re-envisioning our graduate education
  • Setting up our faculty members for success in teaching, scholarship, and leadership
An Empowered and Thriving Team

Caring for the whole person is at the heart of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and is fundamental to who we are and who we want to be. Without them we cannot serve our students well. Caring for our common home is also important as we seek to extend our commitment to environmental sustainability that encompasses the well-being of our earth and our city of Baltimore. By pursuing the development of our people and care for our planet we aspire to be known as a people-centered, environmentally conscious sought-after place to work. Created with strong connections to DEIJ and growth, elements of this work may encompass strategies that address:

  • Developing an employee support and well-being structure that attracts, retains, and develops top talent
  • Ensuring we have effective and efficient support systems that empower us to do our best work
  • Investing in caring for our common home


President's Town Hall

Thank you to all who participated in the fall Strategic Planning Community Engagement efforts. At the President’s Town Hall on January 30th, President Sawyer, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee co-chairs, and SPSC member, Frank Golom provided an overview of the findings from our fall engagement efforts.

Spring Strategic Initiative Working Groups

Thank you to all who volunteered to serve on a working group! The working groups are composed of six strategic planning steering committee members (one of whom is the coordinator for the group) and 12 community members. The individuals below were selected based on their expertise and the likelihood of being involved in the implementation of initiatives once the plan is finalized. The community will still have an opportunity to weigh in on the plan this coming fall – so stay tuned for more information.

A Steadfast Commitment to Student Success Working Group

  • Mike Puma, Dean of Undergraduate Studies
  • Neil Andrito, Director of Student Life
  • Wendy Bolger, Director of the Simon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Masudul Biswas , Ph.D., Associate Professor, Communication
  • Seán Bray, Interim Vice President for Mission
  • Lynne Elkes, Assistant Teaching Professor, Economics
  • Theresa Geiman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biology
  • Christina George, Assistant Director Strategic Marketing, Athletics
  • Gia Grier McGinnis, Dr.PH., Executive Director, Center for Community, Service, and Justice and York Road Initiative
  • Sara Hayward, Alumna
  • Alexa Junikiewicz, Undergraduate Student
  • Jack McCormick , Graduate Student
  • Lisa Oberbroeckling, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Academic Affairs
  • Jason Parcover, Ph.D., Director, Assistant Vice President, Student Wellbeing
  • Christina Spearman, Ed.D., Assistant Vice President for Career Development
  • Marcia Wiedefeld, Director, Disability Support Services
  • Raven Williams, Director, ALANA Student Services
  • Becca Winkler, Associate Director Student Organizations

A Vibrant Intellectual Community Working Group

  • Kerry Boeye, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Visual and Performing Arts, Coordinator
  • Carolyn Barry, Ph.D., Associate Dean of the Social Sciences and Graduate Programs
  • Maura Burnett, Director Corporation and Foundation Relations
  • Kim Derrickson, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Budgeting, Data, and Governance
  • Stephanie Flores-Koulish, Ph.D., Professor, Education Specialties
  • Elizabeth Kennedy, J.D., Associate Professor, Information Systems, Law, and Operations
  • Taylor Kimble, Graduate Student
  • Beth Kotchick, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies
  • Matt Kudler, Director, Advancement Communications
  • Mark Lee, Director, Technology and Graduate Student Services
  • Jen Lowry, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychology
  • David Marcovitz, Ph.D., Associate Dean of the School of Education
  • Matthew Mulcahy, Ph.D., Associate Dean of the Humanities and Core
  • Katy O'Neill, Loyola Notre Dame Library
  • Bahram Roughani, Ph.D., Associate Dean of the Natural and Applied Sciences
  • Qi Shi, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Education Specialties
  • Kerry Tan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Economics
  • Mike Tangrea, Ph.D., Professor, Biology

An Empowered and Thriving Team Working Group

  • Michelle Cheatem, Ed.D., Associate Vice President, Student Development
  • Kourtney Bennett, Ph.D., Associate Director, Counseling Center
  • Georgeann Burton, Director, Compensation and HR Operations
  • Andrew Cevasco, Director, Undergraduate Admission
  • Stacy Chavez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Accounting
  • Elizabeth Dahl, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Frank Golom, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychology
  • Joseph Griffin, Director, Facilities Management
  • Tracy Harvey, Ph.D., Program Director, Sustainability
  • Nicole Jacobs, Director, Institutional Research
  • Kirsten Lichtner-Baase, Executive Assistant, Sellinger
  • Jennifer Louden, Associate Vice President for Enrollment
  • Michael Mansfield, Associate Vice President, Auxiliary Operations
  • Alli Novak, Compensation and HR Operations Analyst
  • Dan Rizzo, Board of Trustee Member
  • Julie Sanz, Director, Student Health
  • Jessica Smith, Director, Project Management
  • William Wnek, Associate Director, Athletics