Dr. James Landry
The Interim Vice Provost for Enrollment Management reports to the Provost and is responsible for the coordination, policy development, and implementation of enrollment planning and management. This includes strategic planning of the student life cycle, from recruitment through graduation, planning financial aid policies, collaborating on academic policies and services and the university's internationalization efforts. Dr. Landry also works closely with the academic leadership across the institution on enrollment and retention initiatives and strategic planning.
Reporting to the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management are the offices of the Registrar, Financial Aid, Undergraduate Admission, and International Outreach.
Dr. Landry served as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering from 2007-2012. In this role, he worked with faculty to initiate and administer four learning communities for incoming students within the College, formulated programming to increase retention of College of Science and Engineering students, developed and chaired the Freshman Advising committee within the College to help incoming students manage issues around transitioning from high school to college, and modified scheduling practices within the College to make the process more student-centered.
Landry received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from Xavier University in Cincinnati. He then obtained his Ph.D. degree in Inorganic Chemistry from Miami University of Ohio in the area of molecular spectroscopy. He joined the faculty of Loyola Marymount University in 1984 and is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He served as Chair of that Department (1992-1996), as Director and founding Chair of the Natural Science Department (1995-2007), and as Director of the University Honors Program (2000-2003).
His research has included collaboration with the Getty Conservation Institute developing methods of analysis of art objects using infrared microspectroscopy and determining museum environments employing gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. He was awarded a patent for the development of a low tech application process for a coating that allows visible light to pass through materials but blocks heat from passing through. His current research interests involve the determination of heavy metal levels in the Ballona Wetlands as this degraded wetlands begins the process of restoration. He is also involved in the development of the Ballona Discovery Park, a museum without walls facility, to help K-12 students, college students, and the general public learn about the Ballona Wetlands and the larger Ballona watershed.