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Terrence Sawyer, J.D., named vice president for advancement

| By Nick Alexopulos
Terrence Sawyer Loyola University Maryland
Terrence M. Sawyer, J.D.

Terrence M. Sawyer, J.D., has been named Loyola University Maryland’s vice president for advancement. He transitions to his new role immediately, having served as interim vice president for advancement since July 2015 and in other leadership positions at Loyola for 17 years.

“Today’s world more than ever needs places like Loyola University Maryland, places that not only prepare you for success in the workplace, but educate you in a way that makes you an informed and compassionate citizen,” said Sawyer. “Loyola’s future—largely dependent on innovative initiatives, both ongoing and not yet defined—is only as bright as our alumni and supporters want it to be. I feel privileged to be in a role where I can help enable those initiatives to become a reality through the support of people who care about the institution, and my hope is to continue the momentum of the current campaign and to find new ways to energize our alumni base with a view towards greater engagement and ultimately greater philanthropy.”

Sawyer will lead all of Loyola’s fundraising efforts—including the current $100 million Bright Minds, Bold Hearts campaign—and oversee the offices of annual giving, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, alumni relations, advancement events, donor relations, and advancement services.

Sawyer’s career at Loyola spans nearly two decades. He began as special assistant to the president for government and community relations in 1998, working extensively to create and maintain positive relationships with Loyola’s neighboring communities and government officials. In 2004 he was named vice president for administration, where he was liaison to the Board of Trustees and oversaw the departments of human resources, public safety, environmental health and safety, and parking and transportation, while also continuing his government and community relations duties. In addition, he is an affiliate professor in Loyola’s Sellinger School of Business and Management.

He co-led Loyola’s 2013-14 New Way of Proceeding initiative to identify strategies and opportunities to increase operational efficiencies and raise revenue to ensure Loyola’s long-term financial strength. He was instrumental in developing and launching the York Road Initiative, where Loyola collaborates with neighbors and partners in the Govans community to bring positive change in the areas of civic capacity, education, and economic and business development. He was also heavily involved in drafting Loyola’s most recent strategic plan, Grounded in Tradition, Educating for the Future.

“Throughout his career at Loyola, Terry has been responsible for cultivating relationships with government officials at all levels—city, state, and federal—and with members of the community who have supported Loyola in numerous ways. Some of those have even become valued members of our Board of Trustees,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola. “Terry combines that set of skills with a powerful and persuasive voice for the benefits of investing in Loyola’s future—and a deep passion for the incomparable Jesuit education we offer our students. In just his first few months in this role, Terry has demonstrated how easily he can use those skills to inspire others to lend their support to ensuring a bright, bold future for our Jesuit, Catholic university in Baltimore.”

Prior to working at Loyola, Sawyer was an attorney for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and practiced civil and criminal law in Baltimore City. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Juris Doctor degree from the Widener University School of Law. He also completed the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Educational Management program.

Sawyer is a member of the Maryland State Bar and lives in Baltimore with his wife, Courtney, and their three sons.

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