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Loyola University New Orleans Names New Dean of College of Music and Media

By Loyola University on Mon, 05/20/2024 - 16:26

Loyola University New Orleans has appointed Sheryl Kennedy Haydel, Ph.D., as the new Dean of the College of Music and Media. 

Haydel, a New Orleans native with nearly 30 years of experience in higher education, journalism, and public relations officially assumes the role after serving as the college’s interim dean since last summer. 

“I’ve been very pleased with the work, vision, and positive leadership Dr. Haydel has provided for the College of Media and Music as interim dean,” said Loyola President Xavier Cole. “The search for a permanent leader affirmed her strengths and identified her as the right person for this job. She is a forward-thinking and innovative leader who has been very present and supportive of the College faculty and students. Under her continued guidance, the College is poised for even more great things.”

Haydel came to Loyola in 2021 as an associate professor and director of the School of Communication and Design. In that role, she supported the School’s students, faculty, staff, and community programs and provided vision and leadership for the advertising, design, digital filmmaking, journalism, public relations, and visual communications programs. She was appointed interim dean in July 2023. 

“Dr. Haydel has engaged in the critical strategic work to build a culture that is inclusive, strives for excellence, and differentiates the College of Music and Media as a world-renowned school,” said Fr. Justin Daffron, Loyola’s interim Provost. “Her values-driven leadership style means she has a tremendous ability to lift up the talents of each person in a way that empowers them to contribute to building a community of meaning and purpose.” 

Haydel’s academic career includes successful appointments at Louisiana State University, Dillard University, and Xavier University of Louisiana. Before moving to academia, Haydel was a reporter and a public relations and communications professional. 

“The College of Music and Media is a jewel not just for Loyola, but for New Orleans and our entire region,” Haydel said. “We prepare students to make a transformational impact on the world through creative professions, and I will ensure that our storied College continues to grow and inspire in a way that honors Loyola’s mission to pursue truth, virtue, and wisdom as we work toward a more just world. I’m thrilled to assume this role and for the infinite possibilities ahead for the College of Music and Media.”


About Loyola University New Orleans
Loyola University New Orleans is a Catholic, Jesuit university, located in the heart of the picturesque Uptown neighborhood in New Orleans. For more than 100 years, Loyola has helped shape the lives of our students, as well as the history of our city and the world, through educating men and women in the Jesuit traditions of academic excellence and service to others. Our more than 50,000 living graduates serve as catalysts for change in their communities around the world as they exemplify the comprehensive, values-laden education they received at Loyola.

About the College of Music and Media
The College of Music and Media is comprised of two schools: the School of Music and Theatre Professions and the School of Communication and Design. Students who choose to study in the college prepare for careers in music, theatre, the music industry, design, fine art, filmmaking, strategy, mass media, and more.