About

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. Student mailboxes replaced with new high-efficiency system to reduce mailroom wait times

    In response to students’ waning reliance on traditional mail and a dramatic increase in package volume on campus, Loyola University Maryland has transformed its post office into a high-efficiency mail center that will reduce wait times for customers and bring additional benefits to the University.

    The new, streamlined system will be up and running at the start of the fall 2014. The mail center will not be relocated, but all student mailboxes in the College Center have been removed and renovations are underway in that area of the building.

    Developed by Ricoh, a global information and technology company, the Campus Mail Solution includes electronic notifications, a self-service kiosk, and high density shelving with barcoded mail slots for mail center employees to file and retrieve mail for students. Packages will be retrieved with the same system, and they will be stored and secured in part of the newly available space previously occupied by mailboxes.

    "Through our partnership with Ricoh, we've identified a valuable opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to pursuing innovative strategies to improve the college experience for students at Loyola," said Jennifer Wood, Loyola's director of campus services. "Loyola students will benefit from an exponentially more efficient system for mail and packages, and our campus community will also benefit from additional seating for dining installed after the mail center renovation frees up much-needed space in Loyola's College Center."

    Emerging mail center challenges and changes in student demand necessitated a rethinking of operations. The number of packages sent to students has increased 15% annually in recent years as the popularity of online shopping and textbook rentals continues to grow. As a result, Loyola was faced with insufficient package space, security issues, and unacceptable waiting times. Student mailboxes—accessed via tumbler lock—were woefully underused, with numerous mailboxes going unchecked for an entire academic year.

    Enter Ricoh’s Campus Mail Solution. Here’s how it works:

    Students receive an email notification when a package or piece of mail arrives for them at Loyola’s mailroom. Staff scan a barcode on a student’s mail slot inside the mailroom to generate the email. Students then visit the mail center at their convenience and swipe their Evergreen card at a self-service kiosk located in the College Center near the mail center window. That action sends an electronic alert to mail center staff along with the location and physical characteristics of students’ packages and/or mail. A worker retrieves the items and hands them to the students at the front desk. Peak hour wait time is projected to fall from 30 minutes to one minute or less.

    The mail center kiosk also features photo upload/print services and a free shredder. Loyola’s partnership with Ricoh gives the university community access to lower shipping rates, which could save Loyola up to 20% on shipping costs.

    “At Loyola, as with all of our clients, we make information work for people rather than make people work to obtain information,” said Tom Brown, vice president, government and higher education, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “This philosophy is never truer than in the new world of education, where electronic and paper-based information live together and frequently need to be captured, transformed and managed.”

    The mail center also has a new name: Stamp It!

    Students’ assigned mail stop numbers will not change and still need to be included in the shipping address when sending mail to campus. More information is available on Loyola’s post office webpage.

    Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:04:35 -0400http://www.loyola.edu/news/2014/0818-mail-center
  2. Loyola students elected to National Jesuit Student Government Association executive board

    Two Loyola University Maryland Student Government Association (SGA) members were elected to the National Jesuit Student Government Association’s executive board at the association’s first annual meeting at Boston College on July 26.

    Ryan Blake, ’16, from Hanover, Mass., was elected secretary for academic affairs, and Christopher Singlemann, ’16, from Coram, N.Y., was elected secretary for athletic affairs. Other members of the executive board include students from Creighton University, Saint Joseph’s University, and Georgetown University.

    In his position, Blake, an accounting major with a minor in information systems, will coordinate discussion across institutions at both the undergraduate and graduate level regarding issues in academic affairs and study abroad. He will also communicate with the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) conferences of all academic deans, honors programs, and service learning directors.

    Singlemann, a communications major with a specialization in advertising and digital media, will represent all student-athletes and their interests. He will also coordinate programming efforts among student representatives regarding athletic events across institutions and work with athletic administrations of the AJCU schools on student-athlete policy matters.

    At Loyola, Blake is currently vice president of student advocacy for SGA. He previously served as the director of academic affairs. Singlemann is starting his term as the director of public relations, and was previously the executor of Loyola’s student advisory athletic committee constitution.  

    As part of the AJCU, the National Jesuit Student Government Association serves as an advocate and a voice for the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the country.

    About the Loyola University Maryland Student Government Association:
    The Loyola University Maryland Student Government Association comprises more than 60 undergraduate students who serve as the representatives of the student body. As servant leaders, the SGA is dedicated to enriching all aspects of the student experience at Loyola, and strives to promote Loyola’s Jesuit ideals by actively engaging the university community and zealously representing student peers. More information about the SGA is available on Facebook and Twitter, and online at LoyolaSGA.org.

    Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:50:09 -0400http://www.loyola.edu/news/2014/0815-njsga-elections
  3. Hauber Fellows delve into world of science for 10 weeks of their summer break

    Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:33:34 -0400http://www.loyola.edu/news/2014/0814-hauber-fellows
  4. Loyola named one of "Best 379 Colleges" by The Princeton Review

    Loyola University Maryland has been named one of the nation’s top institutions for undergraduate higher education by The Princeton Review in its latest annual college guide, The Best 379 Colleges.

    Loyola appears on two of the guide’s specialty lists, ranking No. 2 in the country for “Best College Dorms” and fifth for “Best Athletic Facilities.” Loyola is also included on the “Best Northeastern Colleges” list in the section of the guide that features top schools by region.

    “Each time Loyola is lauded by a nationally-recognized organization like The Princeton Review, it reaffirms what I see in our community on the Evergreen campus every day: excellent students striving to become future leaders who will serve as men and women for others, and exceptional faculty, staff, and administrators who are dedicated to offering those students a uniquely transformative educational experience steeped in our Jesuit values,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola.  

    Residence halls at Loyola are no stranger to The Princeton Review’s “Best College Dorms” list. The No. 2 ranking this year is up from No. 3 in 2013 and 2012, and the same as 2011. Loyola operates 14 residence halls, including a mix of traditional doubles, suites, apartments, and townhomes.

    The “Best College Dorms” accolade is especially relevant for Messina, Loyola’s new living-learning program for first-year students. Messina is designed to help students adjust quickly to college-level work and forge a clear path to success at Loyola and in the life and career that will follow. Two-thirds of the incoming class of 2018 will participate in Messina. By fall 2015, all first-year students will be part of the program.

    In summer 2013 Loyola officially moved to the Patriot League and completed upgrades to the 2,100-seat Reitz Arena. Loyola’s Ridley Athletic Complex, the 6,000-seat home of the University's NCAA Division I lacrosse and soccer programs, is one of the most iconic facilities of its kind in the nation. In addition, the Fitness and Aquatic Center features a two-story indoor rock-climbing wall, a fitness center, a multi-court gymnasium, and a swimming pool with a 500-seat spectator area.

    The Princeton Review chooses the 379 schools based on their outstanding academic programs, and only 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are included. Colleges are not ranked academically or from 1 to 379 in any category. Instead, The Princeton Review reports 62 ranking lists of the top 20 colleges in various categories. The lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review's survey of 130,000 students (about 343 per campus on average) attending the colleges.

    A full list of The Princeton Review's best colleges for 2015 is available at princetonreview.com.

    About The Princeton Review:
    The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in Framingham, Mass., The Princeton Review is a privately held company that is not affiliated with Princeton University. Annually published since 1992, The Best 379 Colleges is one of 150 Princeton Review print and digital books published by Random House.

    Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:05:35 -0400http://www.loyola.edu/news/2014/0804-princeton-review
  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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