Loyola University Chicago names Jo Ann Rooney as first female president

Jo Ann Rooney.

Jo Ann Rooney is the first woman to be named president of Loyola University Chicago. She's also the first non-ordained church member to assume the role.

Rooney replaces John Pelissero, who has served as interim president since last July.

She said she wants the university to play a more progressive role in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood.

Rooney begins in August. Her term as president continues through 2021.
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