The Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola University Maryland, brings a wealth of experience as an educator deeply immersed in the Jesuit traditions of academic excellence and the promotion of faith and justice. A native of Massachusetts, he formerly served at a sister Jesuit institution, the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, as assistant dean and associate professor of Religious Studies.
Born Aug. 25, 1955, Fr. Linnane entered the Society of Jesus in 1977 and was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood on June 14, 1986. He earned an A.B. degree, magna cum laude, from Boston College in 1977 and an M.A. from Georgetown University’s department of government in 1981 before undertaking divinity studies at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, where he received a master’s degree in 1986 and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology in 1988. He earned master’s degrees from the Yale department of Religious Studies in 1990 and 1991, and a Ph.D. in religious studies concentrating in religious ethics in 1994.
Father Linnane joined the Religious Studies department at Holy Cross in 1994. His scholarly publications are extensive, covering the disciplines of fundamental moral theology, health care ethics, and virtue ethics. He served as assistant dean at Holy Cross from 2003 to 2005 and was named a Loyola University Maryland Trustee in 2000. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the College of the Holy Cross; the Institute of Christian and Jewish Studies; and the Board of Directors of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. In March 2010 he was appointed to be the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities representative to the American Council on Education (ACE) Board of Directors. In April 2010, he was elected to the Basilica of the Assumption Historic Trust Board, and in July 2011, he was elected chair of the board for the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA). He is a former member of the board of the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Baltimore and the NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification (2007–09), and past president of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
In July 2005, Fr. Linnane became the 24th President of Loyola University Maryland.