For Karyl Leggio, dean of the business school at Loyola University Maryland, six years in the top post is long enough.
Leggio — who recently announced she will step down in July as head of the Sellinger School of Business — said she’s itching to get back in the classroom, where she plans to put the experience she gained as dean to good use.
“Being a professor is one of the most incredible jobs, and I miss it,” she said. “A component of a Jesuit education is helping our students understand how to serve the needs of their city — by serving on nonprofit boards, helping in the community. … And as dean, I gained those experiences, so that will come into my classroom in a big way.”
Leggio said she made valuable connections with people in the community whom she hopes to bring in as class speakers.
“So I think that will be a real shift in the way I can teach,” she said.
The 54-year-old mother of three and grandmother of two also said she’s eager to spend more time with her family.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed being a dean, and I think I’ve accomplished what I wanted to when I came in,” Leggio said. “But this job also includes a pretty heavy expectation in terms of your time. I really want to enjoy my life at this stage, and while I’ve loved this job, there’s sacrifices you have to make, and I’ve done that for six years.”
“I’m ready for the next challenge, which is back in the classroom,” she added.
The search for Leggio’s successor will begin this summer with the goal of having someone in place by next July.
In the meantime, Norman Solomon — the former business school dean at Fairfield University in Connecticut — will serve as Sellinger’s interim dean.
Solomon, who Leggio called “a good friend,” has indicated he’s not interested in filling that role permanently, according to Leggio.
“But he’s the ideal candidate for the interim job,” she said. “I think he’s going to step right in and be ready to go.”