Happy New Year! We are pleased to say that our presidential search is in full swing.
As you know, Issacson, Miller was on campus in the fall and met with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and Board members to hear the qualifications for the next president. Those meetings resulted in the Presidential Search Prospectus that we are using for the search. Applications are currently being accepted. The Board is looking for the best candidate to lead the university in strong partnership and collaboration with the Board, our employees, alumni, community and the President.
As we have shared with you throughout this journey, both Jesuit and non-Jesuit candidates will be considered concurrently in a thoughtful, discerning process. The Board has worked closely with members of the Loyola Jesuit community and the Provincial to ensure we have qualified candidates.
The Board is committed to finding the best person to lead Loyola University. We are committed to our Jesuit mission and values and will expect our next president to lead with those values.
The search committee will review candidates by the end of January and conduct a series of interviews through March. Additional faculty, staff, students, and alumni will have an opportunity to meet the final candidates. The timeline includes naming a president no later than May 2018 with a start date potentially in June or July.
We remain grateful to Fr. Wildes for his 14 years of leadership and for his commitment to lead Loyola throughout the academic year and work closely with the Board, faculty, staff, students, and administration to ensure a smooth transition. Fr. Wildes will also remain accessible to provide guidance to the new president as needed.
This is an exciting time at Loyola, and we look forward to seeing what the future will bring! We sincerely hope and continue to encourage you all to participate fully and engage in this process.