Loyola Marymount University (LMU) has named Joseph Hellige as the new vice president for research and graduate studies. Hellige will assume his new position in July.

Hellige brings to LMU ìmore than 30 years of experience as a distinguished teacher, scholar and administrator,î according to an LMU source.

He rose in the faculty ranks to the position of full professor in the department of psychology at University of Southern California and served as associate chair and director of graduate studies for that department and later as the chair.

As a faculty member, his research was funded by the National Science Foundation and other sources, school officials said. He has served USC as the vice provost for academic programs, overseeing both undergraduate and graduate education programs, the latter as dean of the Graduate School.

Hellige said that his main goals at LMU will be to work with faculty colleagues and administrators to promote excellence in scholarly research and creative works, to develop innovative graduate programs of social significance and to provide cutting-edge opportunities for professional development and life-long learning.

ìWorking together with faculty, the university will design and implement programs to help faculty members develop their research programs and sustain those programs through external funding,î Hellige said. ìAlso, we will look to expand graduate offerings in areas where LMU has particular strength and where society has particular need.î

Hellige received a bachelorís degree in psychology from St. Maryís College of Minnesota and a masterís degree and a doctorate in psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has published two books and more than 100 articles in scholarly journals.

ìHellige has substantial experience in leading internal and external grant programs for faculty and I am impressed with the development he did with the various schools at USC to create interdisciplinary graduate pro- grams,î said Ernest Rose, senior vice president of academic affairs and chief academic officer. ìOverall, Hellige is a great fit for this new position as the leader for our strategic growth in research and graduate studies.î