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Loyola Administrative Appointments Announced

Loyola press release - August 8, 2002

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Lydia Voigt recently announced three new administrative appointments.

Bret Jacobs has been appointed executive director of Information Technology. Prior to this appointment, Jacobs served as director of Information Technology. He will report to the provost and vice president for academic affairs and will coordinate all aspects of information technology including support of educational technologies and distance learning, maintenance of laboratory and classroom technology, network services, user services, telecommunications, information management including enhancement of the Common Data Warehouse and software applications. Jacobs will be responsible for strategic planning, assessment, and resource allocation pertaining to instructional innovation and administrative technology, and for providing coherent direction for the technological development of the university.

In making the announcement, Voigt said, “Mr. Jacobs has a demonstrated record of excellence in leadership and management effectiveness, and extensive experience in team building and coordinating information systems, resources, and services in support of academic and administrative computing functions across campus.”

Jacobs, a native of New Orleans, holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of New Orleans.

John Cornwell, Ph.D., has been appointed assistant provost for institutional effectiveness and assessment. Prior to this appointment, Cornwell was associate professor of psychology. He will be responsible for conducting a thorough analysis of the research/evaluation functions across the institution and for building an infrastructure to support institutional effectiveness and the continuous process of improvement. Working with the deans and the faculty, he will be responsible for ensuring that the university meets or exceeds all national and regional accreditation requirements and for implementing a coordinated system of planning, assessment, and resource allocation across the university. Cornwell is expected to work with faculty, staff, and administrators in using the Common Data Warehouse for assessment and planning, and in facilitating campus-wide learning. Special assignments will include assistance in developing a process for the review of the university committee structure and function, as well as participation in a study of the determinants of student success. He will also have staff responsibility and oversight of the Academic and Career Excellence Center, the Women’s Resource Center, and the Upward Bound Program.

Voigt says of Cornwell, “His expertise in organizational behavior and assessment, and his accomplishments in developing learning communities and service learning courses along with his demonstrated commitment to social justice and institutional outreach make him especially well suited for meeting the challenges and requirements of this position.”

Cornwell earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from Capital University; a master of science degree in psychology from Georgia Institute of Technology; and a doctorate of psychology from the University of Tennessee.

David Estes, Ph.D., has been appointed assistant provost for teaching, learning, and faculty development. Prior to this appointment, Estes was associate professor of English. In this new position he will assist the colleges in their efforts to enhance faculty development and adopt new pedagogy. More specifically, he will be responsible for fostering a learner-centered environment and for promoting the scholarship of teaching and learning. He will work with faculty, department heads, and deans in supporting instructional and curricular innovation, in the planning of the Faculty Excellence Center, and in developing grant proposals on behalf of institutional initiatives to enhance teaching and learning. In addition, Estes will work with the University Academic Advising Council; to promote consideration of innovative programs such as freshman year and capstone experiences; and to help expand and strengthen undergraduate research and other forms of experiential learning including service learning, internships, externships, field practica, and study abroad programs. Special projects will include a comprehensive review of the university support systems related to grants and faculty research, integrating the planning functions within academic affairs, publishing an Academic Affairs newsletter, and facilitating communication. Estes will also have staff responsibility for the Service Learning Center, the Center for the Study of Catholics in the South, and the Whelan Children’s Center.

During the announcements, Voigt said, “Dr. Estes’ record of accomplishments as composition director and work in connection with the task force for the academic future of the library, Monroe Library’s dedication ceremony, NEH Faculty Focus grant, NEH challenge grant in support of the Center for the Study of Catholics in the South, and his recent coordination of strategic planning in the College of Arts and Sciences provide a wide range of experiences and talents relevant to the position.”

Estes holds a bachelor of arts in English and theology from Concordia Teachers College; a master of arts in English from Colorado State University; and a doctorate in English from Duke University.

Based on the heritage of Catholic Jesuit higher education in Louisiana since 1849, Loyola University New Orleans was chartered in 1912. Loyola’s unique combination of quality faculty and academic programs/facilities; an ideal size that fosters a positive learning environment and individual student attention; and the centuries-old Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person distinguishes us from other institutions. Today, the university serves approximately 5,550 undergraduate and graduate students. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Visit Loyola University New Orleans on the World Wide Web at http://www.loyno.edu.