Loyola Magazine

View from the Porch: President Sawyer shares the exciting momentum at Loyola

The University is embarking on new priorities and supporting new initiatives while creating its next strategic plan

When people ask me what it’s like to be president, I tell them that I have a “pinch myself” moment every day. More than a year into this role, I can assure you that is still true—and that I am honored and grateful to be the president of this university we love.

This is an exciting time for Loyola, and you can feel the energy. As we envision the future, our community has shared stories and experiences to establish the footprint of where we are—and to consider where we can go from here. Over the next few months, we will work together to innovate, dream big, and be bold. As we create our next strategic plan and bring it to life, you will have a front-row seat. We look forward to sharing those stories with you here in Loyola magazine.

Loyola is a university steeped in Jesuit tradition and values. It’s those values and a commitment to educating leaders for our diverse and changing world that have guided us in recent years to invest in two of the initiatives you’ll read about in this issue: the creation of the Karson Institute for Race, Peace & Social Justice and the addition of our forensic science program. Both extend the exceptional Jesuit, liberal arts education Loyola offers and enrich our community intellectually and ethically, helping prepare our students to be the leaders our world needs.

As a university, we will be identifying ways we can intentionally live out our mission more fully, ensure our students are both supported and challenged, strengthen our University in the most important ways, and best position Loyola to be competitive in an increasingly crowded marketplace.

When the Board of Trustees interviewed me for this job not so long ago, I told them that I have a deep passion for this place that just won’t quit, and that hasn’t changed. It has only grown. I believe in us, and I believe in the amazing things we are going to do together in the years ahead.

Thank you for believing in Loyola with me and for your ongoing support of our University.

Scan of Terry Sawyer's signature

Terrence M. Sawyer, J.D., President