Loyola University Maryland

Presidential Search

Announcing the chair of the presidential search committee

This email was sent to the Loyola community on February 19, 2021.

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

The Board of Trustees is moving forward with plans for a national search for the next president of Loyola University Maryland. This is a critical moment for Loyola, and the next president must be an individual who can and will lead Loyola in advancing and re-envisioning the University for the future.

With the support of my colleagues on the Board, I have asked Gerard E. “Gerry” Holthaus to serve as the chair of the search committee. Mr. 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. He is well-known in Baltimore, both as a business leader and as someone who is invested in the community through his service on local boards.

Mr. Holthaus will partner with a search firm (soon to be selected) as well as the rest of the search committee, both of which we are actively working to identify. We will be intentional in selecting members for that committee since we need a diverse and inclusive group that can guide our community through this important process. The search will be undertaken with a view toward attracting a diverse and robust applicant pool.

Mr. Holthaus and I look forward to sharing more information with you as we finalize the plans for this search. As we move forward in identifying the characteristics for what we are seeking in Loyola’s next president, the voices and perspectives of individuals throughout the Loyola community—including faculty, staff, administrators, students, and alumni—will be essential. The search committee will be providing information on how the community can participate in this important process.


James Forbes, ’80
Chair, Board of Trustees
Loyola University Maryland