Alumna named Health Sciences Division provost

Alumna named Health Sciences Division provost

Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN, has been named provost of the Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division. She will lead all academic initiatives in the Health Sciences Division, which includes the Stritch School of Medicine, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and The Graduate School programs. Callahan will officially join Loyola on September 1.

Callahan, who received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loyola, currently serves as interim provost at Marquette University and dean and professor of the University's College of Nursing. Callahan has more than 35 years of experience in health care and higher education. She led the Marquette University College of Nursing through a successful reaccreditation, directed a comprehensive revision of the pre-licensure curriculum, expanded the college's freshman class size by 77 percent, and implemented the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Prior to Marquette, she spent many years at Rush University where she served as professor, chair of adult health nursing, director of the nurse anesthesia program, and senior advisor to the simulation laboratory.

"Loyola is dedicated to excellence in education and research rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition and we are excited about the proven leadership that Margaret will bring to Loyola as we continue to advance our work to better the lives and health of those we serve," said Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president and CEO of Loyola University Chicago. "This is a historic time for the Health Sciences Division with the Niehoff School of Nursing expanding at the Health Sciences Campus and our new research building opening next spring. We are delighted to have Margaret join the University at such an exciting time."

Callahan joins the division at a time of advancement. In spring 2016, the Center for Translational Research and Education will open on the Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, Illinois. Nearly 500 investigators, staff, and trainees will collaborate in the 225,000-square-foot state-of-the-art building. This new space will allow advances in research and improved patient care to be realized through partnerships between Stritch and Niehoff research and Loyola University Health System clinical programs.

"Loyola played a large part in my development as a nurse and academic leader. The values of Jesuit education have given me a strong foundation and influenced my entire career," said Callahan. "I look forward to joining the excellent team at the Health Sciences Division and continuing to position Loyola as a leader in Catholic health care education and research and a home to emerging health care leaders, distinguished faculty, and life-changing research programs."

In addition to her Loyola degree, Callahan holds a Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science from Rush University College of Nursing. She is also a certified registered nurse anesthetist. Her research and work on pain management, palliative/end-of-life care, and health policy is widely published.