Introducing our New Chief of Staff

The role of chief of staff can mean many things.  When I myself held that title, my job was to serve as a key strategic adviser to the president, a right hand who helped him gather information to make the best decisions. A good chief of staff helps to execute the president’s vision, reinforces meaningful change, and works to create a culture of execution.   

In my administration as president of Loyola, the role will report directly to me, but it will not create another level of administration.  No one will report to the position.  Instead, the chief of staff will magnify my own ability to quickly learn the institution so I can make decisions with greater context.  She will negotiate solutions to problems and take up projects that might fall between silos. Most of all, she will design the ways to move forward and monitor progress as we transition beyond Project Magis and establish standard operating procedures of our own. 

In seeking the ideal chief of staff candidate for Loyola, I wanted someone who is a brilliant strategic thinker, strong consensus builder and a highly respected professional who would be able to make an immediate and positive impact in our community and our culture as we move forward. 

As such, it is with great pleasure that I announce that Lesli D. Harris will be joining us in the inaugural role of chief of staff.  Lesli is a nationally recognized lawyer and expert in intellectual property and an active public servant in New Orleans. She is leaving her stellar legal career to join us because she loves the complexity of higher education and is drawn (as I was) by the passionate commitment of the Loyola community. She grew up in rural Ohio, graduated from U.V.A. and Tulane Law, and has an LL.M. in Trade Regulation from NYU.  

Last month she was named the national 2018 Sports and Entertainment Lawyer of the Year by the National Bar Association for her work with the New Orleans Saints, Pelicans and the National Basketball Association. She has taught as an adjunct and written about cyber security, copyright, and trademark topics. She has been named to Louisiana Super Lawyers and recognized as a Leader in Law by New Orleans CityBusiness, a Top Lawyer by New Orleansmagazine, and “40 under 40” by Gambit Weekly. 

On the side, she has managed to serve as a board member of the New Orleans Film Society and of YaYa (Young Artists, Young Aspirations), an organization that nurtures the creative talents of a diverse group of local high school students. Given how much she appreciates law, communication, music and the arts, I know that she will fit right in.   

We have much to do and achieve, and as chief of staff, Lesli Harris will help us to move quickly, efficiently, and effectively as we address immediate issues and head into the future.

Please join me in giving her a warm welcome to Loyola. She starts work on September 17.

With gratitude,

Tania Tetlow