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Dean of Libraries, VP of Institutional Advancement to retire in July

June 18, 2010

Loyola University New Orleans will say goodbye to two top leaders at the end of this academic year. Dean of Libraries Mary Lee Sweat and Vice President of Institutional Advancement Victoria Frank will both retire on July 31.

Sweat is retiring after 40 years of service to Loyola. During her years on the university library faculty, 29 of them as university librarian and then as dean of libraries, Sweat led the library in its transformation from card catalogs to computers and oversaw the development of the new J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library into a model of service-oriented academic libraries. Since 2006, the Princeton Review has ranked the Monroe Library among the top 10 college libraries in the country. Currently, the Monroe Library shares a top-five ranking with Harvard, Princeton, Columbia and Duke Universities for best college library.

“Not only has Dean Sweat made significant and lasting contributions to the library, but her contributions have touched the entire university and our students in most positive ways,” said Provost Edward J. Kvet, D.M.E.

In the fall, a committee of library faculty and staff will conduct a search for a new dean. Deborah Poole, Associate Dean for Public Services, will serve as interim dean effective August 1, 2010.

Frank is retiring after serving the Office of Institutional Advancement for the past four years, leading all university-wide philanthropy programs, alumni programming and marketing and communications efforts. She joined Loyola in the direct aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, coming to New Orleans from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Mo. During Frank’s time at Loyola, the Office of Institutional Advancement has raised more than $35 million, redesigned the university website, produced more than 2,500 printed publications, strengthened alumni programs with 25 chapters nationally and more than doubled overall news coverage of the university.

“Victoria Frank’s dedication to Institutional Advancement and the university as a whole will be greatly missed. Through her direction, Institutional Advancement overcame major financial setbacks following Hurricane Katrina to successfully support the needs of the university and position it soundly for the future,” said Loyola University President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.

William Bishop has been selected as the new vice president for Institutional Advancement. He currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Medical Center Advancement at Georgetown University. Bishop will begin work with Loyola on July 19.

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