Announcement Regarding Dean Norberto Grzywacz

November 22, 2019

Dear Members of the Georgetown Community:

It is with sincere appreciation for his dedication to Georgetown that I write to inform you that earlier today Norberto Grzywacz, Ph.D., Dean and Professor of our Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, was named as the next Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Loyola University Chicago, effective February 1, 2020.

Dean Grzywacz was appointed Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2014, and joined our community in January 2015. Over the past several years, in addition to leading our Graduate School, he has also served our University community as a professor of Physics and Neuroscience.

Under his leadership, the Graduate School has grown to provide new interdisciplinary degree offerings bringing together fields such as health, science, humanities, education, and data science.  For example, these new offerings include: the Master of Science in Health and the Public Interest, an interdisciplinary program that prepares students to help solve global healthcare problems by examining health policy through a lens that takes into account societal, psychological, and cultural factors; the Master of Science in Data Science for Public Policy, a joint endeavor of the McCourt School of Public Policy and the Graduate Analytics Program, providing students with data science skills and public policy expertise enabling them to contribute to public sector, non-profit, and private organizations; and the Master of Arts in Educational Transformation, an interdisciplinary program that equips students with skills to tackle challenges in education, promoting greater opportunity for young people.

The Graduate School now offers more than 20 Ph.D. programs and more than 60 master’s programs in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and life sciences. Dean Grzywacz also worked to improve and establish a range of programs and resources at the Graduate School, including the Healy Fellowship Program which deepens our commitment to our diverse community of doctoral students.  He also oversaw the launch of the Graduate Career Center and the Office of Graduate Enrichment.

Throughout his tenure, Dean Grzywacz has worked to ensure that our graduate students develop the substantive knowledge and analytical skills that enable them to assume leadership roles in a range of professions, guided by a commitment to serving the common good.  During his time with our community, he also played a crucial role in the formation of the Partnership on Social Economy between Georgetown and the Santander Group.  This interdisciplinary partnership supports graduate-level research in the field of social economy and provides educational opportunities to both our University community and the general public.

I am deeply grateful to Dean Grzywacz for his many contributions to Georgetown. In the coming weeks, I will be working with Provost Groves to identify interim leadership for the Graduate School and plan for a national search for Dean Grzywacz’s successor.

Please join me in offering our warmest congratulations to Dean Grzywacz as he prepares to assume this new role at Loyola University Chicago.


John J. DeGioia