The mission of the Loyola College of Arts and Sciences Board of Advisors is to assist the dean and the leadership of the School to enact the vision, values, and plans of Loyola University Maryland in the lives of the undergraduate and graduate students and faculty, administrators, and staff of Loyola University Maryland.

Board of Advisors

T. Peter Ruane, DPA, '66
T. Peter RuaneChair of the Board

B.A. in History, Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland)
M.A., Pennsylvania State University
DPA, George Washington University

Peter Ruane is president and CEO of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association in Washington, D.C. He has more than 35 years of experience in the economic development, transportation, and construction fields. He holds the professional designation Certified Association Executive (CAE) and is a decorated Vietnam veteran, having served as an officer with the U.S. Marine Corps.

Ruane is interested in Loyola's engineering, political science, and history programs. He played basketball and track at Loyola. He and his wife, Pat, reside in Davidsonville, MD, and have four grown children (Jeanne, Loyola MBA; Tom; Katie; and Colleen) and eight grandchildren.

Geraldine (Gerry) Johnson Geckle, ’74
Geraldine Johnson GeckleVice Chair of the Board
Parent of Chris Geckle, '12

B.A. in Sociology, Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland)

Gerry Geckle is vice president of human resources for Universal Health Services, Inc., (UHS) one of the nation’s largest healthcare management companies, operating—through its subsidiaries—acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities, and ambulatory centers nationwide, in Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Geckle is very interested in Loyola’s internship and career mentoring programs. She resides in Berwyn, PA, and is the mother of Christopher, a senior at Loyola University Maryland, and Annie, a sophomore at The University of Richmond.

Marie Boylan
Parent of Katherine Freedman, ’14

Marie Boylan recently retired as a personal and professional life coach. Previously, she served as vice president for administration at Greenbrier Capital Corporation in San Francisco.

Boylan and her husband, Jeffrey Freedman, live in Mill Valley, CA, and have one daughter, Katherine, '14, and one son, Alexander.

James P. Daly, Jr., ’76
Parent of Jimmy Daly, ’09

B.S. in Biology, Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland)

James Daly was most recently the managing director of business development at Legg Mason Capital Management in Baltimore, where he oversaw new business development for institutional investors in the U.S. and overseas.

Daly has served as a member of the Executive Parent's Council for Loyola University Maryland and as national chairman of the annual Evergreen Fund. He lives in Owings Mills, MD, with his wife, Jane. His oldest son, Jimmy, graduated from Loyola in 2009 and played lacrosse, while Daly himself played basketball for Loyola. Daly’s youngest son is a freshman at Syracuse University.

Gloria A. Flach, ’81, MBA ’85

Gloria A. FlachB.S. in Computer Science, Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland)
MBA Finance, '85, Loyola College in Maryland
Executive Marketing Program, UCLA
General Manager’s Program, Harvard University

Gloria Flach is corporate vice president and president of Enterprise Shared Services for Northrop Grumman.

Flach was inducted into Loyola's Computer Science Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions in the field. She is interested in developing the sciences at Loyola.

Michael Geoghegan
Parent of Blaine, '08, and Katie, '15

Michael GeoheganB.S., U.S. Naval Academy
MBA, Harvard Business School

Michael Geoghegan is vice chairman at CB Richard Ellis. His accomplishments include a variety of commercial leasing, sales, consulting, and financial advisory assignments, along with shaping the company’s long-term strategic direction. Previously, Geoghegan was a principal with the Trammell Crow Company, responsible for commercial projects in Baltimore and the Mid-Atlantic area. Geoghegan is a retired commander in the Navy and a former P-3 pilot.

He lives in Rye, NY, with his wife, Kathy, and their three children, Blaine, ’08, James, and Katie, '15.

Eugene I. Kane, Jr., Esq., ’80

B.A. in Business Administration and Economics, Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland)
J.D., Georgetown University

Eugene Kane manages his own law office in Washington, D.C. He is a member of Phi Delta Phi; Omicron Delta Epsilon; and Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit National Honor Society. Kane holds active leadership roles in Boy Scouts, Gonzaga College High School, Knights of Columbus, and the Federal Bar Association in both D.C. and Maryland.

Kane is very interested in Loyola’s Jesuit Catholic programs and in promoting the liberal arts. He is married to Lisa Maio Kane, ‘80, who earned a B.A. in English Literature.

Ronald McKinney, S.J.

Ph.D., Fordham University

Ronald McKinney, S.J. is currently conducting faculty seminars and workshops in Ignatian vision and pedagogy. From 1986 – 2010, he served as director of the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Program at the University of Scranton. He specializes in philosophy and literature, postmodern studies, ethics, and Lonergan studies. One of his plays, HAMMARSKJOELD, was recently produced in Baltimore at the Spotlighters Theatre.

Kirby C. Smith

B.A. in Finance, Georgetown University
MBA, George Washington University
Juris Doctorate, University of Baltimore School of Law

Kirby Smith is associate manager and vice president at Ameriprise Financial. Smith has more than 30 years of experience in the securities business as an investment banker and investment advisor. He has previously been employed at Morgan Stanley and Alex Brown & Sons. Smith has served as a board member of the St. Joseph’s Medical Center, The Cathedral School, and Catholic Charities of Baltimore. He is also an adjunct professor of finance and investments at Loyola University Maryland and Stevenson University.

Smith has three grown boys and has coached sports, including the founding of Loyola Blakefield’s Rugby Team, for more than 20 years.

Michael Spillane, '04

B.A. in English, Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland)

Michael Spillane currently serves as head trader and senior vice president for Contrarian, a hedge fund managing more than three billion in assets specializing in distressed investing. Previously, he worked for Contrarian Capital Management and Fimat USA (now Newedge Group).

Two of his three brothers, Tim, '99, and John, '97, are also Loyola alums working in finance and his three sisters-in-law Michelle, '99, Robin, '97, and Charlene, '97, are Greyhounds as well. He is married to fellow Loyola alum, Clare Donnelly, '04, and lives in New York City.

Raymond Truitt, '79

B.A. in Political Science, Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland)
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law

Raymond Truitt is a partner in the real estate department at Ballard Spahr LLP, a national law firm with more than 500 attorneys in 13 offices practicing in litigation, business and finance, real estate, intellectual property, and public finance. He concentrates his practice in commercial real estate financing, leasing, development, and restructuring. Truitt is also Ballard Spahr's managing partner, finance and operations. Truitt is a member of the American Bar Association and the Maryland Bar Association, and he has served as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of Baltimore Law School and Johns Hopkins University.

Truitt and his wife, Mary Tilghman, live in Baltimore, MD, and have three children—Elizabeth, John, and Katherine.

Jose D. Vargas, Jr., M.D., '99

B.S. in Biology, Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland)
Master's  from Oxford
M.D., Harvard

Jose Vargas is currently enrolled in the cardiology fellowship program at Johns Hopkins University. He has produced five noted publications and recently completed his residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Vargas is Loyola’s first Rhodes Scholar. He is interested in the expansion of science programs at Loyola, as well as the diversity initiative. Vargas has an interest in sports, especially soccer. He enjoys Latin dancing and Latin American literature, and resides in Silver Spring, MD, with his wife, Ruth.

Loyola News

Loyola News
  1. Sellinger School rises in Businessweek's "Best Undergraduate Business Schools" rankings

    Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:56:48 -0400http://www.loyola.edu/news/2014/0407-sellinger-businessweek-ranking
  2. Gordon Erberts, ’49, gives Loyola $1.5 million to support mission and ministry

    Loyola University Maryland will benefit from a $1.5 million planned gift from Gordon Erberts, ’49, to support programs and initiatives in Campus Ministry and the office of mission integration.

    Erberts, of Toluca Lake, Calif., was inspired to make the gift after reflecting on his experience at Loyola and the rigorous Jesuit education that prepared him for success.

    “Loyola did something for me, and I want to do something for them,” said Erberts. “The Jesuits are darn good teachers. They did a good job with me, and I want to pass that on to today’s young people to give them a head start on life.”

    His gift benefits multiple initiatives focused on mission and ministry, primarily through four endowed funds. Loyola will create the Erberts Campus Ministry Endowed Fund to support the programmatic needs of Campus Ministry and the Erberts Assistance Fund for Student Retreats to provide grants to students who require financial assistance to attend campus-sponsored retreats. In addition, Loyola will create the Erberts Ignatian Retreat Endowment Fund to support the Ignatian retreat program for Loyola faculty, staff, and administrators. Finally, Loyola will create the Erberts Pilgrimage Endowed Fund, which will support programs that promote the Catholic and Jesuit activities and mission of Loyola.

    The remaining dollars will be allocated equally among faculty development initiatives, student integration efforts, and related publication expenses.

    “Exceptional students from all over the world choose Loyola because of our commitment to the quality and value of a challenging Jesuit education,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., Loyola’s president. “Mr. Erberts recognizes that commitment, and his tremendous generosity will provide enriching opportunities for members of our community to strengthen their connections to one another and our mission to serve others.”

    Erberts was a chemistry and modern biology major at Loyola and commuted to campus from his home in Baltimore’s Ten Hills neighborhood. He began his career in flooring sales before switching to selling mutual funds. He moved to California in 1960 and continued in the mutual fund business until his retirement.

    Erberts’ gift supports Loyola’s ongoing Bright Minds, Bold Hearts comprehensive campaign to raise $100 million to grow Loyola’s endowment, scholarship funds, and faculty positions, and grow Messina, Loyola’s living learning program for first-year students.

    Read more about Gordon Erberts in Loyola magazine.

    Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:48:10 -0400http://www.loyola.edu/news/2014/0403-gordon-erberts-gift
  3. Seán Bray named director of campus ministry

    After completing a two-year national search, Loyola University Maryland has selected educator and career youth and young adult minister Seán Bray to serve as director of campus ministry. Bray is currently the campus minister for social justice at Seattle University, a fellow Jesuit institution.

    “I am deeply honored and very excited to become the director of campus ministry at Loyola,” said Bray. “The Loyola community has made it easy for me to imagine myself on campus. I look forward to collaborating with the students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community partners to continue and build upon the meaningful work of campus ministry to promote spiritual engagement, build community, and form students to be men and women for others.”

    Since 2007, Bray has coordinated social justice programs, advocacy opportunities, and local service experiences at Seattle University. He supervises 23 student leaders and the faculty/staff immersion chaplains, and he oversees curriculum, budget, fundraising, staffing, and programming for immersion programs. Additionally, Bray was a campus minister for retreats at Seattle University, promoted Catholic Relief Services’ Food Fast curriculum and Fair Trade programs at the Archdiocesan of Seattle Missions Office, and was the co-director of outdoor ministries for Catholic Youth Organization. Earlier in his career, Bray taught middle school at the Sacred Heart School in Bellevue, Wash., and was the pastoral assistant for youth ministry in the Sacred Heart Parish.

    Bray earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from Carroll College in Helena, Mont., and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Seattle University. His service experience includes work in Seattle, Montana, Colombia, India, Thailand, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic.

    Rev. Timothy Brown, S.J., has served as the interim director of campus ministry for the last two years following the departure of Rev. Jack Dennis, S.J., who left Loyola in 2012 to become president of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis, Ind. Fr. Brown will continue his role as special assistant for mission integration and associate professor of law and social responsibility.

    Bray will assume his new role at Loyola on July 1, 2014.

    Loyola marketing and communications intern Ariel Genovese, '14, was the primary author of this story.

    Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:13:00 -0400http://www.loyola.edu/news/2014/0328-sean-bray-campus-ministry-director
  4. Loyola ranks in top 7% of U.S. universities for return on investment

    Loyola University Maryland is ranked in the top 7 percent of more than 1,300 U.S. colleges and universities for return on investment in PayScale.com's 2014 College ROI Report. With financial aid included, Loyola is in the top 6 percent.

    PayScale is an online compensation database that has released a college ROI report annually for the last several years. Loyola's overall ranking for 2014 is based on the net income a graduate will earn 20 years after graduation after subtracting both what they would have earned as a high school graduate and the cost of college. Based on that formula, PayScale found the 20-year ROI for a Loyola graduate to be just under $500,000; the ROI for the top 1 percent of schools starts at just under $700,000.

    "With numerous examples of alumni who are achieving professional success and contributing in positive ways throughout the world, we don't need rankings to know that a Loyola University Maryland education is worth the investment," said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., Loyola's president. "However, external acknowledgment is particularly welcome for our students and their families who not only believe in the value of a Loyola education, but are also making the sacrifices with confidence that the investment is—and will be—worth it."

    Loyola also ranked No. 49 of nearly 500 private not-for-profit universities on PayScale’s list and in the top 10 percent for business majors. Loyola's ROI is No. 3 among all Maryland schools and No. 2 when the average amount of financial aid awarded to students is considered. In addition, Loyola is in the top 3 percent of PayScale's "Best Religious Schools" for ROI and top 8 percent for "Best Schools for Sports Fans."

    PayScale generated the rankings using data collected from employees who successfully completed a PayScale survey. Only graduates who are employed full-time and paid with either an hourly wage or an annual salary were included in the report. Also, only employees who possess a bachelor's degree and no higher degrees were included.

    Loyola moved up in PayScale's rankings compared to last year, from No. 157 to No. 83 overall. Loyola’s full profile for 2014 is available at payscale.com.

    Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:26:02 -0400http://www.loyola.edu/news/2014/0327-payscale-roi-report-2014
  1. Messina Self and Other Theme-Wide Event

    McGuire West,McGuire Atrium West
    Monday, April 7, 2014, 7 – 8:30pm

    Messina and Take Back the Night welcomes Sharon, mother of Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia student who was beaten to death in 2010 by her boyfriend. She will share how relationship violence impacted her life with the loss of Yeardley and why it's important for all of us to have conversations with our family and friends about healthy relationships. We will also learn about how the Love family has kept Yeardley's memory alive through the One Love Foundation. The "One" represents the number Yeardley wore on her jersey during her high school and college lacrosse career. The number has since been retired by the University of Virginia in her memory. A dessert reception will follow the event.

    07 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMThttp://www.loyola.edu/events.aspx?trumbaEmbed=view%3devent%26eventid%3d116793697
  2. Miss America 2014 - Nina Davuluri

    McGuire West
    Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 7 – 9pm

    To celebrate APIA month, Asian Cultural Alliance invites you to listen to our keynote speaker, Nina Davuluri. She was crowned Miss America 2014 and is the first Indian American and second Asian American to win this prestigious title. She is also the first contestant to perform a Bollywood dance at the competition.

    As part of Miss Davuluri's platform, "Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency," she will be speaking about the importance of inclusion and diversity, among other topics. After her lecture, there will be a question and answer session.

    Tickets are free, but required for this event, as there are a limited amount of seats. Reserve your ticket at www.loyola.edu/alana.

    All are welcome.

    Questions? Ask us at aca@loyola.edu or ALANA@loyola.edu.

    08 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMThttp://www.loyola.edu/events.aspx?trumbaEmbed=view%3devent%26eventid%3d117164877
  3. How to Love a Survivor

    Hopkins Lounge
    Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 7:30 – 9pm

    Members of the Loyola community will share how their lives were impacted by sexual assault and what it is like to love a survivor. Following their stories, the event will open into a discussion so that Loyola can learn how to support everyone affected by sexual assault. This event is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Week and is sponsored by the Take Back the Night Student Organization.

    08 Apr 2014 23:30:00 GMThttp://www.loyola.edu/events.aspx?trumbaEmbed=view%3devent%26eventid%3d118426616
  4. Brown Bag Discussion: Digital Humanities

    Library 3028 - Board Room
    Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 12:15 – 1:15pm

    Come to the third session of the library's Digital Humanities Brown Bag series to learn about new trends and projects in this exciting new area of research and teaching.

    The library will provide coffee and donuts. For more information about the Digital Humanities Brown Bag series, visit http://lndlnews.blogspot.com/2014/02/digital-humanities-brown-bag-discussions.html

    09 Apr 2014 16:15:00 GMThttp://www.loyola.edu/events.aspx?trumbaEmbed=view%3devent%26eventid%3d115894850

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