Loyola University Maryland

Presidential Search

An Update on My Retirement Plans

This message was sent to the Loyola community on Monday, March 29, 2021.

Dear Students,

With the search for the next president of Loyola well underway, I have been reflecting on my future at Loyola and the best timing for this transition both for me and for the University. Particularly after our most recent visit with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, I am feeling enormous pride in all we have accomplished at Loyola and the ways in which we have met challenges with innovation, determination, and a commitment to the University’s mission. Together, we have achieved remarkable success, and Loyola is well-poised to attract a highly qualified 25th president. Recognizing that this is the time to make way for new leadership, I have decided to step away from the presidency on June 30, 2021.

Over the past few weeks, my plans have been coming together for the next part of my career—a sabbatical and an opportunity for me to reengage my scholarship as a moral theologian. I am looking forward to immersing myself in my studies during a sabbatical year and preparing for my next ministerial assignment, perhaps returning to teaching.

As a trustee for five years and then as president for 16, I have served Loyola for 21 years and look forward to being President Emeritus for Loyola. I consider it to be a singular honor to have such a lengthy association with a truly outstanding institution. Loyola has a special place in my heart, and that will never change.

Be sure of my prayers for your personal success and wellbeing and for the success of Loyola University Maryland.

Ad maiorem Dei gloriam.


Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.