Loyola University Maryland

Presidential Search

An Update from the Board of Trustees

This message was sent to the Loyola community on Friday, April 16.

Dear Students and Loyola Families,

Over the past year, Loyola has navigated many challenges, continuing instruction both online and in-person, reopening in person this spring, and participating in the completion of the Middle States self-study and visit. Today, as we look toward the future, the Board of Trustees and I feel certain Loyola is poised for continued success.

As we consider the pending retirement of President Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., and the ongoing search for the next president of Loyola, I wanted to be in touch to assure you that the Board is focused on ensuring that Loyola is well-positioned for the next important chapter in Loyola’s history.

The search for Loyola’s next president has begun in earnest. The Board is committed to a collaborative process that reflects the need to ensure our next president is selected from a diverse and inclusive pool of candidates. We also recognize that finding the ideal candidate will take some time, and we are committed to ensuring that the next president can carry on the outstanding leadership demonstrated by Father Linnane and his predecessors.

The Board recognizes that it will likely be necessary to appoint an interim president to serve as we await the next president, and we have already begun to consider how best to approach that appointment. We expect to make this decision at the Board meeting in early May, and we will keep you apprised of those plans.

Fr. Linnane leaves an outstanding legacy, and Loyola has benefited from exceptionally strong leadership throughout its illustrious history. As we thank Fr. Linnane for his impactful contributions to Loyola, we view this time of change with a sense of renewal and opportunity. We all share a desire to continue to live out the best aspects of Loyola and its storied traditions while following our motto of “Strong Truths Well Lived.” Loyola’s future is very bright.

As we continue through the transitions that lie ahead this year, I look forward to communicating with you regularly to make sure you are fully aware of our plans. We have much to look forward to as a university community.


James Forbes, ’80
Chair, Board of Trustees