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Loyola’s president, Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., to take sabbatical in fall 2015

| By Nick Alexopulos
Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola University Maryland
Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.

Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola University Maryland, announced today that he will take a six-month sabbatical in fall 2015 to prepare for the next chapter of his presidency and reengage in his research.

Loyola’s Board of Trustees granted Fr. Linnane the sabbatical and named Susan Donovan, Ph.D., executive vice president, acting president for the duration of the sabbatical, which begins July 1, 2015, and runs through Dec. 31, 2015.

“As I prepare to take this sabbatical, I express yet again my deep faith in our community’s ability to continue to advance Loyola in fulfilling our important mission. The Jesuit tradition values seeking out time for reflection, and I am grateful to the Trustees for granting me this opportunity,” said Fr. Linnane. “I look forward to returning to the University with a renewed sense of purpose, with an enriched perspective, and with the joy I feel every day in being part of such a dynamic, thriving campus community.”

Fr. Linnane has not finalized his research plans, but he intends to spend considerable time at one of the Jesuit theological centers so he can re-immerse himself in his academic area of theological ethics. His scholarly publications in this field are extensive, covering the disciplines of fundamental moral theology, health care ethics, and virtue ethics.

Fr. Linnane has been president of Loyola since July 2005, and he will turn 60 in August 2015.

About Brian F. Linnane, S.J.:
Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., entered the Society of Jesus in 1977 and was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood in 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. Fr. Linnane joined the religious studies department at Holy Cross in 1994. 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. 

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