Meet Margaret Faut Callahan, the new Health Sciences provost
Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN, has two career passions – education and patient care. That’s why when the opportunity to serve as Loyola’s Health Sciences Division Provost came knocking on her door, she jumped at a role that streamlines her two lifelong pursuits.
“At Loyola, I have the unique opportunity to blend my whole career. I have cared for patients as a nurse and helped students set their academic goals in my former dean and interim provost roles,” Callahan said. “I am looking forward to once again focusing on the health sciences and enhancing the reputation of the division.”
Callahan’s resume has more than 35 years of experience in health care and higher education including interim provost at Marquette University, dean and professor of Marquette's College of Nursing, and a solid start with a degree from Loyola.
Here, Callahan talks about her experience as an undergraduate at Loyola’s Niehoff School of Nursing and her goals for the health sciences.
Why did you want to return to Loyola?
Callahan: I am thrilled to continue my career at a Jesuit institution. As an undergrad, I knew I was at a Catholic university, but today Jesuit higher education institutions are more widely known for leadership in their local and global communities and collaboration with colleagues. I believe that it’s extremely important for our health sciences students to truly understand our Jesuit roots, why they are here at Loyola, and how that makes them different from students at other medical, nursing and health sciences schools.
What are your plans for the first 90 days?
Callahan: I would first like to build strong relationships with the faculty, staff, and especially the students. Being accessible to the students will be a priority for me.
I’d also like to spend time determining the best strategies to create meaningful interactions with our partners at the Loyola University Health System and our colleagues across the University. Distance will always be a challenge for our campus, but we can’t use that as an excuse. I believe we will have to be very strategic and intentional as we work to bring the University campuses closer together.
Tell us something most people would be surprised to know about you.
Callahan: I have an identical twin sister, Mary, who also graduated from Niehoff. Professors would sometimes confuse the two of us in class. Mary is now an orthopaedic nurse practitioner and has worked at Rush University Medical Center for over 35 years. She also is the chief operating officer of Midwest Orthopaedics and received the Niehoff Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award in 2006.
As an undergraduate student at Loyola, I was extremely involved in student life. I was a pom-pom girl, member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, and a time and score keeper for the swim team.
Now, I am a proud mother of four and a new grandmother to two beautiful grandchildren, Emma and Benjamin. I have lived in the Chicago area my entire life and am no stranger to Maywood and its surrounding communities.
Read the announcement about Callahan’s appointment here.
Callahan's Loyola University Chicago undergraduate student ID card.