Joseph B. Hellige has been named the new executive vice president and provost at Loyola Marymount University.

Hellige, who came to LMU in July 2007 as the inaugural vice president for research and dean of graduate studies, has served as senior vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer since 2010. As executive vice president, he replaces David Burcham, who became LMU president in October 2010.

“This is a particularly exciting time for LMU, as we celebrate a century of providing an outstanding education to students in one of the world’s great cities,” Hellige said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the LMU community as we continue to provide a transformative educational experience that allows our students to build lives committed to meaning and purpose.”

As the chief academic officer, Hellige successfully chaired the university’s Strategic Planning Committee, which established goals for LMU’s academic, educational and program growth. He also had key roles in the development of the university’s new core curriculum and in revising its faculty rank and tenure procedures, LMU officials said.

“One of the hallmarks of Joe Hellige’s work at LMU has been his effort to strengthen existing university programs, while preserving LMU’s Jesuit and Marymount traditions,” Burcham said. “Through his work with faculty, fellow administrators and students, he has helped restore faith in LMU’s system of shared governance. We are truly fortunate to have him as our new provost.”

Hellige earned his bachelor of arts degree from St. Mary’s College in Minnesota and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He previously served as a professor of psychology at USC and served for seven years as chair of the Psychology Department.

Hellige also served for seven years as vice provost for academic programs and dean of the USC Graduate School.