Rev. Harold Ridley, S.J.
On July 1, 1994, Reverend Harold Ridley, S.J., became the 23rd President of Loyola College in Maryland.
Father Ridley since has guided Loyola through a period of continued growth. Recently, Loyola acquired Guilford Towers, a resident apartment building on Cold Spring Lane adjacent to the campus, and the Boumi Temple, located just north of Loyola on Charles Street.
A strong supporter of collegiate athletics, Father Ridley convened a task force on athletics last spring to study and plan for the future of the Loyola athletic program. He succeeded Rev. Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J., who died in office on April 19, 1993, after serving as Loyola's President since 1964. Father Ridley is a former professor of English at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. He worked at Le Moyne beginning in 1973, serving as dean and chief academic officer at the Jesuit institution from 1980-85 and as chairman of the English Department from 1991-92.
Born in Jersey City, N.J., on June 20, 1939, Father Ridley was educated at St. Peter's Prep and entered the Society of Jesus in 1956. He earned an A.B. degree in 1962, his Ph.L. (Licentiate in Philosophy) in 1963 and an M.A. in 1964, all from Fordham University, before undertaking divinity studies at Woodstock College and the Union Theological Seminary. In 1975, Father Ridley was a Ph.D. from New York University.
He worked in Baltimore for the Ecumenical Campus Ministry of Baltimore from 1966-68 and also served as an adjunct instructor in the humanities at the Maryland Institute College of Art during his tenure in Baltimore. Father Ridley was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood on June 12, 1969.
A dedicated and popular teacher at Le Moyne, Father Ridley was active on various committees at the 2,500-student school, including the College Budget Committee and both the Athletics and Admissions Advisory committee. As dean and chief academic officer at Le Moyne, Father Ridley instituted a continuous learning program, oversaw the establishment of several student honor societies and articulated a long-term strategy for faculty compensation.
His research interests include 19th century British intellectual history.
Father Ridley formerly served on the Board of Trustees at Fordham University. He currently serves on the boards of the University of Scranton and Crown Central Petroleum Corp., and is a member of the Presidents' Commission of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Father Ridley's sister, Sister Judith Ridley of the Sisters of St. Joseph, is an administrator at the John Carroll School in Bel Air, Maryland.
Dr. Thomas Scheye
Thomas E. Scheye, Loyola's academic vice president and provost, is in his 27th year at the college. In his current role, Mr. Scheye oversees the operation of the school's Athletic Department.
Mr. Scheye came to Loyola in 1970 as an assistant professor of English. He was voted the Harry W. Rodgers III Distinguished Teacher Award in 1973. During his tenure as a faculty member he was promoted to the rank of associate professor and appointed chair of the English Department. While a member of the English Department Mr. Scheye reviewed theater and music as a critic for the Baltimore News-American. He also wrote and acted as on-air host for Survey of English Literature, a series of 60 programs produced for PBS by the Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting, WMPB, Channel 67. These programs can still be seen on cable television. In 1978 Mr. Scheye was appointed acting academic vice president and named to the post the following spring. Soon after he took office, the academic administration was reorganized to create the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Business and Management.
In 1986 Mr. Scheye was named provost and academic vice president. With the new title came the added responsibility for student development, resident life, computing and telecommunications, as well as athletics.
Mr. Scheye is a Baltimore native and a graduate of Loyola High School. He graduated from Georgetown University and holds an M.A. from Yale University, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
In his five years as director of athletics, Joe Boylan has helped transform nearly every one of Loyola's 14 varsity athletic programs into perennial winners.
During the 1993-94 academic year, the men and women's basketball teams on their first league championships and inside NCAA Tournament trips for the first time in school history. The men and women's lacrosse and men's soccer teams also made postseason NCAA appearances that year, and each as nationally ranked.
Last year, the men's and women's lacrosse teams earned NCAA Tournament berths, and Loyola won its third Metro Atlantic Athletic Association Commissioner's Cup, indicative of the MAAC's top all-round athletic program, in the last four years.
A veteran of 27 years in collegiate coaching and administration, Boylan came to Loyola from Rutgers University. He had spent 17 years at Rutgers, including six years as an assistant athletic director for academic support.
A native of Baltimore and a 1956 graduate of Milford Mill High School, Boylan possesses an extensive basketball coaching background. From 1973 to 1985 he was the associate head basketball coach at Rutgers under Tom Young. During his tenure, Rutgers compiled an outstanding 238-114 record and reached the NCAA Tournament's Final Four in 1976. The Scarlet Knights were ranked fourth in the nation that year, their highest ranking ever. Rutgers also appeared in the 1975, 1979 and 1983 NCAA tournaments and saw action in four National Invitation tournaments.
The 57-year old Boylan began his collegiate coaching career at American University, where he served as an assistant coach from 1969 until 1973. From 1964 to 1969 Boylan was the head basketball coach at Lansdowne High School in Baltimore County.
Boylan received a B.A. in history from Lafayette College in 1960. He earned varsity letters in basketball and soccer at Lafayette before receiving his M.A. in 1969 from Johns Hopkins. From 1961 to 1963 lie served in the U.S. Army.
Joe and his wife Molly have one daughter, heather, who recently married former Greyhound basketball player Dave Wojcik.
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