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DePaul Welcomes New Leaders


Donald B. Pope-Davis

Donald B. Pope-Davis, professor of psychology and vice president and associate provost at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected provost of DePaul University by its board of trustees.

“DePaul makes a significant and lasting impact in the world,” Pope-Davis says. “I am thrilled and privileged to join its vibrant and diverse community of scholars, students and staff toward the realization of its great mission.”

Pope-Davis will become DePaul’s chief academic officer in July, stepping into the position held on an interim basis this academic year by Patricia O’Donoghue, DePaul’s vice president for alumni outreach and engagement. O’Donoghue succeeded Helmut Epp, who served as provost for the previous seven years.

“We think highly of Dr. Pope-Davis’ intellectual work as well as his broad service to his colleagues in academic administration at Notre Dame,” says the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., DePaul’s president. “Everyone at DePaul also was moved by his obvious love for students, especially those who are the first to attend college in their families.”

Pope-Davis came to Notre Dame as a professor in 2000 and was named vice president and associate provost for undergraduate studies in 2011. In that role, his responsibilities included undergraduate admissions, faculty promotion and tenure, expanding opportunities and participation in undergraduate scholarship and research, and overseeing the academic honor code. From 2007 to 2011, he was vice president and associate provost for faculty affairs. Prior to his work in the Office of the Provost, Pope-Davis held several administrative positions in Notre Dame’s Graduate School.

Pope-Davis earned his doctorate in counseling psychology from Stanford University. He studies in the areas of multicultural psychology, counseling and education. Specifically, he is interested in cultural and racial identity development, and cultural competency training, development and assessment.

He is the co-author of three books on multicultural counseling and has published extensively in journals in the field. Pope-Davis is a research fellow of the American Psychological Association.

He also co-authored a 2011 report on African-American Catholics. The largest sampling ever of its kind, the survey examined the religious engagement of African-Americans with the Catholic Church and identified demographic trends facing the church.

William K. Cody

William K. Cody arrived at DePaul as the university was on the brink of launching its Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program. Coming to the university from the Presbyterian School of Nursing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina, he is excited to be at DePaul and in Chicago.

Though much of the work to establish the doctoral program was done before he came aboard, Cody hosted the accreditation committee in September. “The advent of the doctorate as the highest level of practice is very exciting for a field in which the majority of the practitioners going back 40 or 50 years did not even have a college degree,” he says.

Cody has been in nursing for 34 years. His primary practice area has been community health nursing and caring for underserved populations, such as the homeless. He says he was attracted to DePaul because its Vincentian mission aligned so well with his background.

Terri Lonier

Business strategist Terri Lonier has been appointed executive director of the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center and clinical professor of management in the Driehaus College of Business.

An entrepreneurship scholar and business historian whose work explores the intersection of business, technology and visual culture, Lonier is a pioneer in the microbusiness movement. Lonier received her doctoral degree in business history from New York University, where she was awarded a MacCracken Fellowship to research the history of entrepreneurialism, branding and food marketing in the United States.

“Students today are embracing entrepreneurship in record numbers, and DePaul has long been recognized as a national leader in entrepreneurship education,” Lonier says. “I am pleased to bring my deep experience in both the entrepreneurial and academic environments to DePaul’s distinguished program.”