Announcements for Academic and Student Affairs
I am very happy to make two announcements.
First, Dr. Maria Calzada, our longtime Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has agreed to remain interim Provost for another year. (While I continue to try to persuade her to take the permanent role, she much prefers her role as dean.) We will plan on doing our formal provost search — using the same search committee announced this fall — beginning late this summer. Dr. Uriel Quesada has agreed to remain interim Dean of Arts and Sciences. I am very grateful to them both.
I am also very happy to announce that Alicia A. Bourque, Ph.D., has been named our permanent Executive Director of Student Affairs. Dr. Bourque has already done an extraordinary job as interim director since July.
Over the last six months, she led Student Affairs and Ministry through a successful reorganization. She worked to integrate Ministry into every aspect of Student Affairs. She now oversees the Office of Accessible Education and Whelan Children’s Center, in addition to everything from Athletics to Residential Life. And she proudly worked with students and our entire community to launch Iggy’s Cupboard.
Her thirteen-year career at Loyola University New Orleans, which began a few weeks before Katrina, includes more than a dozen years serving as Director for Counseling and Health Services, where she greatly helped to improve the student care experience.
Her commitment to a high level of customer service in student life and cura personalis, or development of the whole person, earned her the 2010 Coadjutor Optimus Award, one of the highest honors bestowed by the university, presented to those who demonstrate service above that required or expected and who are representative of the university’s commitment to its Jesuit values.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Bourque on her new role. I can think of no better person to lead our Division of Student Affairs as they do the critical work that helps shape our students and our university.