Loyola University Maryland

Presidential Search

Presidential Search Committee

The Board of Trustees has selected an inclusive group of trustees, faculty, and alumni to serve on the search committee.

About the Chair

Gerard E. “Gerry” Holthaus is a 1971 graduate of Loyola and a current Loyola trustee, where he serves on the Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management Committee. Mr. Holthaus has served the University in numerous ways over the years, including as vice chair of the Sellinger School of Business and Management Board of Sponsors and president of the Alumni Association Board. His commitment to Loyola has earned him honors from the University, including the Alumni Laureate Medal, the President’s Medal, and being designated as the Sellinger School’s Business Leader of the Year in 2008. Mr. Holthaus is the former CEO of Algeco Scotsman and presently serves as lead director of that company.

Search Committee Members

Kenneth Boehl, '76, MBA, Trustee

Ken began his career in 1976 in the Management Development Program in Maryland National Bank’s Consumer Banking Division. In 1977, Ken joined the Audit Division of Maryland National Corporation as a staff auditor. In 1985, he was named the Corporate Auditor of Maryland National Corporation and its subsidiaries, reporting to the Corporate Board of Directors. Ken joined MBNA America in 1988 where he held various Executive positions in Audit, Compliance, Finance, Information Security, Personnel, Portfolio Risk Management, Strategic Planning, Quality Assurance and Facilities. Ken served on the Bank’s Executive Committee where he held the titles of Senior Control Officer and Ethics Officer. As an Executive of MBNA, he was selected to serve on MasterCard’s global rule making body, The International Operations Committee from 1994 to 2002. From 2005 through 2006, he worked on the pre and post-merger of MBNA America and Bank of America Corporation, before retiring in October 2006. Ken graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a BA in Accounting and an MBA in Finance. Ken passed the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in 1981. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees, the Academic Affairs/Enrollment Committee and the Advancement Committee at Loyola University Maryland; Finance and Advancement Committees at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey; and the Finance Council for the Diocese of Venice in Florida. Ken is in his third term serving on the Board of Loyola University Maryland. He has been a board member for 11 years. He served as the Board Campaign Chair for the last major capital campaign, which raised over $100 million.

Rev. Timothy Brown, S.J., Associate Professor of Law and Social Responsibility and Assistant for Mission Integration

Rev. Timothy Brown, S.J., is Special Assistant for the Office of the Mission Integration and Associate Professor in the department of Information Systems Law and Ops at Loyola University Maryland. He has served as the Provincial of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, and founded the Center for Values and Services at Loyola in 1992 and served as co-director until 2002. He also serves on the Baltimore Archdiocesan School Board. Cristo Rey Jesuit high school board.

Elizabeth Dahl, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry

Elizabeth Dahl joined the Loyola University faculty in 2006 and currently is an associate professor of chemistry. She earned a B.S. in Marine Science and Chemistry from the University of Miami and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Earth System Science from the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on oceanic trace gases and atmospheric chemistry, which she has integrated into her teaching at Loyola through both her mentoring of research students and in her teaching of analytical chemistry and Earth science. She is a tireless champion on the environment, and works with the Environmental Action Club, as well as with fellow faculty and staff at Loyola, to promote understanding and activism in support of a livable future. Her work with students focuses on connecting environmental issues and social justice to inspire care and stewardship of our common home and hope for the future. She currently serves as the chair of the faculty and the Academic Senate at Loyola, with her second two-year term ending June 2021; is a member of the Sustainability Committee; and is co-chair of the Committee on Institutional Effectiveness.

Sr. Mary M. Fanning, RSM, MBA ’79, Trustee

Mary M. Fanning, a Sister of Mercy, was a faculty member of Notre Dame of Maryland University from 1999 to 2016. Previously was President and CEO of Our Lady of the Way Hospital in Martin, Kentucky. Prior positions also include assistant administrator, Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore; Budget and Cost Reimbursement Manager, Saint Joseph Medical Center, Towson, MD; Director of Admissions, Mercy Medical, Daphne, AL; and science teacher, Mercy High School, Baltimore, MD. Sister Fanning has served on numerous boards and committees. In addition to Loyola University, MD, she currently serves on the boards of Trinity Health System and chairs Trinity’s Public Juridic Person (PJP) board; Mercy Health Services, Baltimore; St. Joseph-Mercy Hospital, Georgetown, Guyana; and Carlow University, Pittsburgh. She also serves on the stewardship committee of Mercy Health System, St. Louis. Sister Fanning’s education background includes Ph.D. in Public Policy, University of Maryland; certificate in Health Systems Management, Harvard University’s School of Public Health; MBA with finance concentration, Loyola University Maryland; and BA Chemistry/Sec. Ed., Mount Saint Agnes College, Baltimore. She is an advanced member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and a life fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Rev. Kevin Gillespie, S.J., Trustee and former Loyola faculty member

Fr. Gillespie attended Boston University 1989-1998 and completed his Ph.D. in Pastoral Psychology. He also attended the Jesuit School of Theology 1983-1987 M.Div., S.T.M., St. Louis University 1977-1979 De Universitatis (Jesuit Philosophical Certificate), Duquesne University 1972-1974 M.A. Psychology, St. Joseph's College 1968-1972 B.S. Psychology. Since 2015 he has served as the pastor for Holy Trinity Parish In Washington, DC. Previously, he served as the President of Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA – President (July 2012 –June,2015), Loyola University of Chicago School of Social Work – Dean (interim) (January 2011), and Loyola University of Chicago – Associate Provost for University Centers of Excellence (July 2010 – July 2012).

Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Ph.D., ’86, M.Ed. ’89, Acting Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Cheryl Moore-Thomas currently serves as Acting Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs after her previous role as Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. Before moving to the chief equity and inclusion officer position, Cheryl served as associate vice president for graduate academic affairs and diversity, chair and associate dean in Loyola’s School of Education, professor in the university’s counselor education program, a Maryland public school counselor at all instructional levels, and an elementary school classroom teacher. Cheryl is a nationally certified counselor whose research focuses on racial identity development, multicultural counseling theory and practice, and college and career readiness for K-12 learners. She earned her B.A. in elementary education and M.Ed. in school counseling from Loyola University Maryland. She earned her Ph.D. in counselor education from the University of Maryland.

Jeffrey Nattans, ’89, Trustee and Loyola parent

Mr. Nattans has recently joined Franklin Templeton as Senior Vice President, Strategy, M&A and Corporate Development after the successful closing of the acquisition of Legg Mason by Franklin Templeton in 2020. Mr. Nattans has management responsibility for the Company’s corporate strategy, mergers & acquisitions, strategic investment activities and corporate development initiatives. He is also a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Mr. Nattans previously served as the Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at Legg Mason. Mr. Nattans joined Legg Mason in 2006 as a Managing Director in Administrative Management, focusing on corporate strategy and mergers & acquisitions. He was involved in helping to drive corporate strategy and has played a key role in strategic initiatives including mergers & acquisitions, capital raises and the development of Legg Mason’s Global Equities franchise. Prior to joining Legg Mason, Mr. Nattans served as a Vice President in the Investment Banking Division with Goldman Sachs in New York. Mr. Nattans worked for Goldman Sachs from 1996 to 2006. During his tenure, he advised clients on mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance transactions in the asset management and insurance industries. Mr. Nattans began his business career with Deloitte in public accounting. He worked for Deloitte from 1989 to 1994 and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Nattans earned an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1996. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, summa cum laude, from Loyola University Maryland in 1989. Mr. Nattans graduated from Calvert Hall College High School in 1985. At Loyola, Mr. Nattans played both Division I soccer and basketball for the Greyhounds. He was a two-time Academic All-American in soccer and was named the Northeast Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year in his senior year. After college, he continued his soccer career as a player for the Maryland Bays of the American Professional Soccer League. Mr. Nattans has been inducted into the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame, the Loyola Athletic Hall of Fame and the Calvert Hall Alumni Hall of Fame. Mr. Nattans currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Loyola University Maryland and was previously the Chair of the Board of Sponsors of the Sellinger School of Business and Management. In addition, Mr. Nattans currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at Calvert Hall College High School.

Karen Paterakis Philippou, ’90, Trustee

Karen is a lifelong Baltimorean, she graduated from the Bryn Mawr School in 1986 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree (concentration in advertising and public relations, with a minor in psychology) from Loyola College in 1990. Karen is a marketing and design consultant for the H&S Family of Bakeries, directing the company’s promotional and corporate gift programs. She is in her 7th year as a Board member for Loyola University Maryland. In 2016-2017, Karen served on the search committee for Loyola’s Athletic Director and has subsequently chaired the Trusteeship Committee, also serving as secretary during her time as chairperson. Karen was inducted into Loyola’s Hall of Fame in 2016 for field hockey and lacrosse. Karen and her husband, George, and their 3 children, Alexa, John and Cole support many charities, including the Ronald McDonald House of Maryland, the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation and the International Organization of Christian Charities. They are also committed to education, supporting the following: Loyola University Maryland, the Bryn Mawr School, Gilman School and Gerstell Academy.

Stephon Smith, ’19, Trustee

Stephon was born in Statesboro, Ga., and graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 2019. He graduated with a BBA in International Business with a focus in Environmental Sustainability & French Language & Culture. While at Loyola, he served as an Evergreen for four years, was president of the Chosen Generation Gospel Choir, was a scholar in the Sellinger Scholars Program, and was the Student Government Association Director of Sustainability. After graduation, Stephon began working as a financial controller for Morgan Stanley producing P&L reports and monitoring the net revenue & balance sheet in the Agency MBS space. He also founded Renewability, a research and consulting practice that focuses on solving environmental and social issues through creative business and financial models. He has also continued to stay connected to Loyola through his two-year tenure as the young alumni trustee on the Loyola Board of Trustees. As a trustee, he served on the Mission and Identity, Student Development, and Diversity & Inclusion committees. After the committee concludes its search, he will continue his service on the Planned Giving Advisory Council led by Stephanie H. Brizee, Ph.D. In his free time, Stephon is a digital asset manager and music publisher for Loyola artists and enjoys mining cryptocurrencies.

Joseph Stewart-Sicking, Ed.D., Professor of Counseling

Joseph Stewart-Sicking is Professor of Counseling and Chair of the Department of Education Specialties. He is an Episcopal priest and was formerly on the faculty of Loyola's Pastoral Counseling Department, beginning in 2006. The product of Jesuit high school, undergraduate, and graduate programs, he is strongly committed to Loyola's Jesuit roots and mission across academic disciplines and programs.

Arun Subhas, Trustee

Arun serves as the Office Managing Partner for the Baltimore office of Ernst & Young LLP. He also is in the firm’s tax practice and routinely advises his clients on a wide range of tax matters including mergers and acquisitions, international tax, and tax compliance. Arun is active in community service. He serves on the Boards of Catholic Charities in Baltimore, Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies, the Greater Baltimore Community and the Leadership. Arun is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Maryland and holds a Master of Science in Taxation from the University of Baltimore. Prior to a career in public accounting, he served in the United States Army for seven years.

Trevor Tormann, '22, Student

Trevor is from Allentown, PA, and he is a member of Loyola’s Class of 2022, studying political science and economics. He will serve as the Student Body President for the 2021-22 academic year. Trevor has been involved with the Student Government Association (SGA) since his very first semester at Loyola, being twice elected to the 2022 Senate, and this past year, Junior Class Co-President. Throughout his time as an undergraduate student, Trevor has dedicated himself to promoting civic engagement and raising political participation among the Loyola community. In his work as student co-lead of LoyolaVotes – the Loyola University Maryland voter registration and civic engagement taskforce – Trevor has been instrumental in managing the initiative’s growth, engaging the student body, and connecting nearly 2,000 students with voter registration assistance. Trevor is prepared to contribute a student perspective to the Presidential Search, and he has appreciated the opportunities he has had thus far to demonstrate leadership and initiative at this university. Upon graduating Loyola, Trevor intends to continue his studies, and pursue a master’s degree in political science.