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Loyola University New Orleans Names New Dean of College of Arts and Sciences

By Loyola University on Wed, 05/22/2024 - 10:46

May 23, 2024 – Loyola University New Orleans has appointed Leonard Kahn, D.Phil., as the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Kahn, who has been a dedicated member of the Loyola community since 2013 and has served as the interim dean since June 1, 2023, will officially assume his new role on June 1, 2024. 

“Dr. Kahn’s deep understanding of our university's mission and his dedication to academic excellence make him the ideal leader for the College of Arts and Sciences,” said Loyola President Xavier Cole. “His vision and leadership will undoubtedly strengthen our commitment to providing a transformative education grounded in Jesuit values."

Kahn’s strategic vision for the College of Arts and Sciences focuses on expanding research opportunities, enhancing teaching methodologies, supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, fostering student development, and improving shared governance. He is committed to championing the needs of faculty, staff, and students and advancing the liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on Jesuit values.

"Dr. Kahn’s commitment to the faculty, staff, and students of the College is unwavering. I am confident he will utilize his depth of institutional knowledge, trusted relationships, and critical thinking to chart a vision for the future that raises the reputation of the College. I am grateful for his leadership and willingness to serve as Dean," said Fr. Justin Daffron, Loyola’s interim Provost.

"I am deeply honored to lead the College into its next chapter," said Dr. Kahn. "I am committed to fostering an environment in which education transcends traditional boundaries and serves as a catalyst for personal transformation and societal impact. Together, we will build on the College's strengths, ensuring our students are well-equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century."


About Loyola University New Orleans
Loyola University New Orleans is a Catholic, Jesuit university, located in the heart of the picturesque Uptown neighborhood in New Orleans. For more than 100 years, Loyola has helped shape the lives of our students, as well as the history of our city and the world, through educating men and women in the Jesuit traditions of academic excellence and service to others. Our more than 50,000 living graduates serve as catalysts for change in their communities around the world as they exemplify the comprehensive, values-laden education they received at Loyola.

About the College of Arts and Sciences 
The College of Arts and Sciences offers academic programs that teach students how to think, how to write, how to research, and how to learn. At Loyola, students can prepare to become a certified secondary teacher in Classical Studies, English, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies. Students can also study pre-law and pre-health programs with professional advisors and benefit from professional and student tutors in the Student Success Center, Language Lab, and Math Lab.