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Loyola Names Dean of College of Arts and Sciences

Loyola press release - April 8, 1998

(New Orleans)—The Rev. Bernard P. Knoth, S.J., university president, announced today that Frank E. Scully, Jr., Ph.D., has been named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University New Orleans. Scully will assume his responsibilities on August 1, 1998.

As dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Scully will oversee Loyola’s largest college which is comprised of 2,000 students and 150 faculty members.

For the last 14 years, Scully, 51, has held several administrative posts at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. Most recently, he was interim dean of the College of Sciences. Prior to that appointment, he served as chair of the chemistry and biochemistry department from 1990-96 and was director of the bachelor of science program in biochemistry from 1986-90. He joined Old Dominion University in 1975 as assistant professor of chemistry. In 1980, he was named associate professor and in 1986 he was named professor.

As interim dean and department chair, Scully has considerable experience with planning and budgeting; recruitment and retention of faculty and students; curriculum and program development; fund raising; and alumni relations.

Recently, Scully was awarded the 1998 Excellence in Teaching Award by the Old Dominion University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. The award is designed to allow student members to recognize faculty members for their excellence in teaching.

Prior to joining Old Dominion, Scully was an instructor of organic chemistry at Yale University. While at Yale, he also held a postdoctoral research fellowship that supported his research on some of the sunlight-induced oxidation reactions, which can lead to skin cancer.

In making the announcement, Knoth said, “I look forward to working with Dr. Scully and to his contributions to the continuing success of the College of Arts and Sciences. Given his extensive experience and proven record, I am confident that he will provide the leadership and creative energy essential to the future direction of the College of Arts and Sciences.”

Upon accepting his appointment at Loyola, Scully said, “I am honored to have been selected and I am excited about the opportunities I will have to work with the creative faculty and outstanding students that have given Loyola University the reputation it enjoys. As a graduate of a liberal arts college, I am an advocate of a strong liberal arts education. I believe it is this type of education that best prepares students to handle graduate school or the vicissitudes of the job market.”
Throughout his illustrious 25-year academic career, Scully has published more than 50 papers in refereed journals and has made numerous presentations at professional meetings and conferences. His research and teaching interests lie in the environmental chemistry of water disinfectants. As an international and national expert in this area, he has served on several prestigious advisory committees including the National Academy of Science’s Subcommittee on Disinfectants and Disinfectant By-products and the National Research Council’s Advisory Committee on Reclaimed Water for Space Station. He also has served as a consultant to the Canadian government on the analysis and toxicology of chloramines.

In addition, he has been active in several professional organizations. He is a member of the Standard Methods Committee of the American Water Works Association and several project advisory committees for that organization. He also is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Water Environment Federation.

Scully earned a bachelor of science in chemistry from Spring Hill College in 1968 and a doctorate in organic chemistry from Purdue University in 1973.