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Loras College names Donna Heald vice president of academic affairs

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College President Jim Collins has announced the appointment of Donna Heald, Ph.D., as the College’s new vice president of academic affairs. Serving as the College’s chief education officer, Heald will join Loras July 10.

“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 will be responsible for providing leadership to all academic programs and personnel. She will also participate in overall planning, implementation, and assessment of college-wide initiatives.

Heald comes to Loras from The Sage Colleges, New York, where she serves as associate provost and a professor. Prior to that, 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 beginning a new chapter at Loras and in Dubuque,” Heald said. “My desire was to return to Catholic higher education at a small college.”

The Rev. Doug Wathier will continue to serve in an interim role until Heald’s arrival.

Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.

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