The Rev. Brian F. Linnane of the Society of Jesus has served as the 24th president of Loyola University Maryland since his inauguration in July 2005.
During his presidency, Fr. Linnane has overseen the completion of the $100 million Bright Minds, Bold Hearts campaign, the opening of the Ridley Athletic Complex, the designation change to Loyola University Maryland, and the transition to the Patriot League. Under his leadership, Loyola has experienced increased diversity, equity, and inclusion among the campus community. Fr. Linnane also inspired the vision for Messina, Loyola's distinctive interdisciplinary living and learning program for first-year students.
A native of Massachusetts, Fr. Linnane earned an A.B. degree, magna cum laude, from Boston College, an M.A. from Georgetown University, and a master’s degree and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He also has master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in religious studies concentrating in religious ethics from Yale University. He received an honorary doctorate from Loyola in 2015.
Prior to coming to Loyola as its president, Fr. Linnane served on the University's Board of Trustees beginning in 2000. 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.
Fr. Linnane's extensive scholarly publications focus on the disciplines of fundamental moral theology, health care ethics, and virtue ethics. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Marquette University; University of Detroit Mercy; the Institute of Christian and Jewish Studies; and is chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.