Loyola University Maryland

Office of the President

Vice Presidents

John Coppola

John C. Coppola
Vice President for Finance and Administration Treasurer

John C. Coppola, ’99, MBA ’00, became vice president for finance and administration/treasurer on March 1, 2021, after serving over four years as associate vice president for finance.  He oversees the offices of budget and business planning, technology services, human resources, facilities and risk management, financial services, and auxiliary operations.  Prior to joining Loyola, Mr. Coppola served as associate vice president for finance at Notre Dame of Maryland University, principal at Ellin & Tucker, and chief financial officer at Archbishop Spalding High School.  Mr. Coppola currently serves on various boards including the Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Scholarship Fund, and is a program and services committee member of the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO).

Robert Kelly

Robert D. Kelly, Ph.D.
Vice President and Special Assistant to the President

A 1994 graduate of Loyola, Kelly provides leadership for the areas across the University such as Mission & Identity, Intercollegiate Athletics, External Affairs, and the Division for Student Development. Deeply immersed in both liberal arts and Jesuit education, he works closely with the President to coordinate oversight of the strategic plan. Dr. Kelly served in executive leadership roles at Union College, Loyola University Chicago, and Seattle University. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in political science, Dr. Kelly received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and his master's degree from the University of Vermont. He has also served on Loyola’s Board of Trustees; and attended Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management (IEM).

Eric Nichols
Eric Nichols
Vice President for Enrollment Management

Eric Nichols came to Loyola in July 2019 from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., where he was vice president for enrollment and dean of admission. Prior to joining Saint Anselm as director of admission, Nichols worked in admission and career counseling roles for Brown University and Stonehill College. Nichols has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stonehill and a Master of Education in Counseling from Providence College.
Terry Sawyer

Terrence M. Sawyer, J.D.
Senior Vice President

Terrence M. Sawyer was named senior vice president in June 2017. Previously he has served as special assistant to the president for government and community relations and trustee affairs, vice president for administration, and vice president for advancement, which he continues to lead, in addition to alumni relations and career services. A 1992 graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, Sawyer earned his juris doctor from Widener University in 1995. Sawyer also serves as an affiliate faculty member in the department of law and social responsibility.

Cheryl Moore-Thomas

Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Ph.D., NCC
Acting Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Ph.D., NCC, is the acting provost and vice president for academic affairs while Dr. Thomas is interim president. Moore-Thomas has been Loyola’s chief equity and inclusion officer since Jan. 1, 2020, a role she assumed after serving as associate vice president for graduate academic affairs and diversity. Also a professor of education at Loyola, Dr. Moore-Thomas came to Loyola as an assistant professor of education in 2001. Her leadership positions include serving as associate dean in the School of Education, chair of Education Specialties, and associate vice president for faculty affairs and diversity. Dr. Moore-Thomas has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, summa cum laude, and M.Ed. in School Counseling from Loyola and a Ph.D., in Counselor Education with a specialization in school and multicultural counseling from University of Maryland at College Park.