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Columbia College Chicago
Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs

Louise Love

Dr. Louise Love
Vice President for Academic Affairs/Interim Provost

Louise Love joined Columbia as deputy provost in 2006. She was appointed vice president for academic affairs in 2007, and was further appointed interim provost in 2011. Prior to coming to Columbia, Love served as associate provost and senior associate provost at Roosevelt University from 2000 to 2006. From 1984 to 2000, Love worked for Northwestern University’s Division of Continuing Education as coordinator, assistant dean, associate dean, vice dean, and acting dean. From 1999 to 2000, Love also served as special assistant to Northwestern’s provost and developed the University’s first sexual harassment prevention program.

Love holds a Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University with a specialty in English Renaissance Drama. Her dissertation, The Saint’s Play in England During the Protestant Transition, explored the ways in which the popular genre of saint’s play survived in England after the genre was outlawed under Tudor monarchs.  Her interest in early English drama led to further research in medieval tales and storytelling. In 1993, she served on the faculty of Northwestern’s Alumni College, “Storytelling: An Ancient Art Reborn.”

While working on her doctorate, Love was an Alumnae Fellow of the Northwestern Alumnae Association and a Fellow of the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library’s Institution for Archival Sciences. 

Prior to working on her doctoral degree, Love attended college on a part-time basis for almost two decades, first at Columbia University’s School of General Studies and later at Northwestern’s Evening Divisions. At Northwestern, she earned a B.S.G.E. and an M.A. in English and was inducted into the Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Lambda. During those years, she also raised two daughters, worked as a freelance editor, taught at the junior high school and high school levels, served a sous chef for a catering company, and wrote The Complete Book of Pizza.

In 1998, Love attended Harvard’s Summer MLE Institute to study the management of lifelong education, and in 2000 she undertook training in mediation through the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago. In 1990, Love and other members of her administrative team received a Team Leadership Award from the American Association of University Administrators. In 2003, she received an Alumni Merit Award from Northwestern University.