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. Two Apprentice House books receive national awards

    Books published by Loyola University Maryland’s Apprentice House recently received top category awards from Foreword Magazine and the Catholic Press Association.

    Author Jay Sullivan’s Raising Gentle Men: Lives at the Orphanage Edge was named “Best Book from a Small Publisher” by the Catholic Press Association in the 2014 Catholic Press Awards. The book chronicles Sullivan’s firsthand experience serving as ‘the only big brother’ to 250 boys at an orphanage run by nuns in Kingston, Jamaica. For two years in the mid-1980s, Sullivan followed the relationships the boys built with each other that kept them from being completely alone in the world.

    Foreword Magazine named Katey Schultz’s Flashes of War: Short Stories the ‘Gold’ winner in the 2013 IndieFab Awards war and military category. The collection of short stories questions the stereotypes of modern war by bearing witness to the shared struggles of all who are touched by it.

    “This is quite an honor for two incredible books, and the awards further recognize Apprentice House as a quality and respected press,” said Kevin Atticks, Ph.D., Apprentice House director.

    Raising Gentle Men has been adopted by Scranton University as its common text and has been used by numerous colleges to prepare students embarking on service learning trips. All of the author’s proceeds from the book go to support the work of the Mercy Sisters and the Jesuits in Jamaica.

    In addition to the IndieFab award, Flashes of War was named 2013 “Best Literary Fiction Book of the Year” by the Military Writers Society of America.

    About Apprentice House:
    Apprentice House is the nation’s first entirely student-managed book publisher. Students at Loyola University Maryland are responsible for every aspect of the publishing process, from acquisitions to design and publication of every book. The mission of Apprentice House is, first and foremost, to educate students about the book publishing process. As a program within the communication department at Loyola, it is driven by student work conducted in three academic courses. The students in these courses serve as staff in Apprentice House’s acquisitions, design, and marketing departments. After students move on, professor-managers and student staff sustain the ongoing operation of the company and market its frontlist and backlist titles.

    Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:09:00 -0400http://www.loyola.edu/news/2014/0701-apprentice-house-awards
  2. Loyola signs Baltimore City Anchor Plan

    Loyola University Maryland President Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., joined Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and fellow leaders representing Baltimore’s education and medical institutions to sign the Baltimore City Anchor Plan (BCAP), a collaborative effort to strengthen communities and foster economic growth and development across the city.

    Through BCAP, Loyola and other anchor institutions will partner with city government to focus on innovative initiatives in four priority areas: public safety, local hiring, local purchasing, and quality of life. Anchor institutions are Baltimore City’s largest employers and serve as catalysts to attract and retain residents, create jobs, and drive economic growth.

    Institutions that signed BCAP include Loyola, Johns Hopkins University, Bon Secours Hospital, Coppin State University, Maryland Institute College of Art, University of Baltimore, Morgan State University, and Notre Dame of Maryland University.

    “Across Baltimore, new developments are revitalizing our neighborhoods, and much of the credit belongs to the institutions that are represented here today,” said Rawlings-Blake at the signing ceremony at City Hall on June 25. “We need to plan for the future. For me that means bringing the city and our anchors together under one vision.”

    The mayor emphasized that BCAP builds on work already being done by existing partnerships and commended several specific projects, including Loyola’s York Road Initiative.

    “We’ve made phenomenal progress in the five years since we made a commitment to improve the lives of people living, working, and learning in our neighboring Govanstowne community and York Road commercial corridor,” said Fr. Linnane. “The Baltimore City Anchor Plan is an opportunity to work together and make even more progress as agents of positive change in the community.”

    BCAP tasks Baltimore City government agencies with coordinating with anchors on homeownership incentives, neighborhood revitalization, recreational assets, public works and transportation capital investments, and business and employment services, and other city services.

    The next step is to create a quarterly interagency meeting schedule and organize biannual Presidents Roundtable meetings between the mayor and anchor institution presidents to coordinate on priority areas.

    The full plan is available at baltimorecity.gov.

    Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:25:06 -0400http://www.loyola.edu/news/2014/0625-baltimore-city-anchor-plan
  3. Evergreen campus accredited as arboretum

    Loyola University Maryland has been designated an accredited arboretum by the Morton Register of Arboreta for the University’s dedication to nurturing and preserving dozens of tree species on the Evergreen campus. By achieving high standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens, the Loyola Arboretum is now recognized among other professional public gardens all over the world.

    The plan to establish an arboretum at Loyola began in 1999, and today the 80-acre Evergreen campus boasts more than 2,200 trees that represent 84 varieties. An arboretum collects, grows, and displays trees, shrubs, and other pants for people to study and enjoy, and generally is open to the public for education and inspiration. The Loyola University Maryland Arboretum is one of only 11 arboreta in the state of Maryland on the Morton Register.

    “Our mission is to provide a beautiful and sustainable environment for Loyola students, faculty, staff, and visitors,” said Helen Schneider, associate vice president of facilities and campus services. “Maintaining the Loyola Arboretum is an opportunity to preserve the natural aesthetics of our historic campus and enhance its biodiversity.”

    Loyola met the requirements for Level I accreditation by the Morton Register by implementing a program to care for, label, and document trees, among other criteria. The Quad at the center of the Evergreen campus features a self-guided walking tour through a mixture of mature monarch trees and trees planted over the past few decades. Thirty tree varieties on the walking tour and elsewhere on campus are currently labeled.

    Improvements planned for the future include labels for every tree variety and the development of a second walking tour in the area surrounding the Fitness and Aquatics Center. The additions will help the Loyola Arboretum achieve designations as a member of Tree Campus USA and Level II status with the Morton Register. 

    More information about the Loyola Arboretum is available at loyola.edu/sustainability and arbnet.org.

    The Morton Register of Arboreta is a comprehensive list and database of arboreta and other public gardens that have a substantial focus on woody plants. The purpose of the Morton Register is to identify all of the organizations that collect and display trees, shrubs, and other woody plants for the benefit of the public, science, and conservation. The Morton Register, ArbNet, and the Accreditation Program are coordinated by the Morton Arboretum as an international initiative to support the work of arboreta in saving and planting trees.

    Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:42:53 -0400http://www.loyola.edu/news/2014/0620-arboretum
  4. AJCU Education Conference statement on independent study of Jesuit college and university teacher preparation programs

    "The AJCU Education Conference, comprised of Deans, Chairs, and Directors within the 28 Jesuit Schools/Colleges of Education across the nation, has embarked on an independent research initiative with Eduventures, Inc., a research and advisory services firm focused exclusively on higher education. The final report of the study, to be released in December 2014, will highlight unique attributes and outcomes associated with graduating from a Jesuit institution. It will also detail the lengths to which programs in the Conference have gone to articulate mission, revamp curriculum, and document outcomes in teacher preparation. One long-term goal involves utilization of common outcome measures across the member institutions of the Education Conference. This initiative and future directions are expected to exceed the value and quality of program review and assessments processes currently required by state accreditation, national accreditation, and other unsanctioned entities concerned with teacher quality and teacher preparation."

    Joshua Smith, Ph.D.
    President, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Education Conference
    Dean, Loyola University Maryland School of Education

    The AJCU's statement on the 2014 NCTQ Teacher Prep Review Report is available at ajcunet.edu.

    Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:59:40 -0400http://www.loyola.edu/news/2014/0616-ajcu-education-conference-statement
  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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