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Tuesday, December 14

Thank You, Dr. Jack Wall

Joel L. Rubin, MSW, CAE

This month, Dr. Jack Wall will be stepping down after six years as dean of the School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago. As Jack has noted and I concur, the Loyola program has flourished and grown during his tenure. He plans to return to fulltime teaching next fall.

Jack arrived at Loyola in the early 1990s. Even before he was dean, he played a very active role in the NASW Illinois Chapter, always stressing the importance of giving back to the profession and becoming involved with NASW. Jack has continued a strong tradition of Loyola University involvement in the NASW Illinois Chapter dating back to his predecessor, Dr. Joseph Walsh, who served as NASW Illinois Chapter President and was a national NASW leader; to Dr. Walsh’s predecessor, Dr. Thomas Meenaghan; and before that the late Dr. Charles T. O'Reilly.

Jack’s involvement with the NASW Illinois Chapter has been varied and exemplary. In the late 1990s he co-chaired the Violence Task Force and later served as the Northeastern District Chair and member of the NASW Illinois Board of Directors from 2001 to 2003. Jack made contributions to every NASW Illinois Statewide Conference since its establishment in 2001, either by presenting workshops, serving on the NASW Illinois Conference Committee, allowing Loyola University’s Social Work program to serve as a conference sponsor, and generally encouraging other Loyola faculty to present papers and for students to volunteer.

I have also had the opportunity to serve as adjunct faculty at Loyola University. Jack’s social work leadership skills have always been quite evident.

We will miss Jack’s passion and commitment to the profession, as will Loyola. On behalf of the NASW Illinois Chapter, I would like to wish Jack and his family success for what comes next. Best of luck!

Posted on 12/14/10 at 12:58 PM

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