Donna Heald, Ph.D. will lead academic affairs as vice president

The College’s chief education officer joined Loras July 10, from The Sage Colleges, New York, where she serves as associate provost and a professor

“In this key role, Dr. Heald will work to build and strengthen the College’s tradition of academic excellence and innovation, collaborate with and inspire our multitalented faculty, and play a major role within our leadership in launching our strategic goals for Loras’ future,” Collins said.

As vice president of academic affairs, Heald is responsible for providing leadership to all academic programs and personnel. She also participates in overall planning, implementation, and assessment of college-wide initiatives.

Prior to her time at The Sages, Heald was associate dean for science education and director of pre-health professions advising at Fordham College at Rose Hill, Bronx, New York. She was associate professor at both Siena College, Loudonville, New York, and the University of Scranton (Pennsylvania). Heald also served as a visiting scholar at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and visiting assistant professor at Middlebury (Vermont) College and Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, respectively. Throughout her career, she has taught chemistry.

Heald received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Scranton. She received her master’s and doctorate degrees in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.

“I’m looking forward to this new chapter at Loras and in Dubuque,” Heald said. “My desire was to return to Catholic higher education at a small college.”