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Edward J. Kvet named provost and vice president of academic affairs for Loyola

Loyola press release - April 22, 2008

Loyola University New Orleans announced today Edward J. Kvet, D.M.E., dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts (CMFA), will become the provost and vice president of academic affairs for the university effective Aug. 1. Kvet’s appointment follows the announcement of current Academic Provost Walter Harris’ retirement earlier this month.

In an email sent to Loyola University faculty, staff and students, President the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J. said Kvet’s selection came after much consideration and input from members of the university community.

“I was looking for someone who could serve as provost for the next two to three years while we help our leadership settle in and rebuild enrollment. I received some excellent, thoughtful letters about issues and some very fine nominations. After giving it careful thought and consideration, I have asked Dean Ed Kvet to serve as provost during this important transition period for the university,” said Wildes.

Kvet will step into his new role when Harris’ retirement begins in August. Kvet’s departure from the CMFA will not result in a vacancy for his current position. Anthony DeCuir, the current associate dean for the CMFA, will become the college’s interim dean.

Some of the initial goals Kvet sees for the academic provost position include increasing the growth of the university through personnel recruitment and financial enhancement, assisting with the placement of new deans for the colleges and developing improvements to the university’s planning and governance process. Kvet said he is excited about serving the university in this new role.

“I feel a deep connection and gratitude toward Loyola for granting me so many great opportunities,” Kvet said. “I have been able to serve the College of Music and Fine Arts through many capacities. My roots here run very deep and I am extremely committed to the success of this university.”

Kvet started work with the CMFA in 1982 as a faculty member and was the associate dean from 1984 to 1990. That year, he left Loyola to be the director of the School of Music at Central Michigan University and returned in 1998 as Loyola’s dean of the CMFA.

For more information or to arrange an interview with Kvet, please contact Public Affairs Director Meredith Hartley.