We have exciting news to share as we move forward in our presidential search.
In consultation with the university’s Presidential Search Committee, the Loyola University New Orleans Board of Trustees has by consensus and with enthusiasm narrowed our selection pool to three final candidates.
Representatives from faculty, staff, administration, students, and alumni will meet this week with the candidates for interviews. As planned, all those participating have signed non-disclosure agreements to ensure confidentiality of the process and the best candidate pool.
While we will not publicly share the names of candidates, we can share with you that all three finalists are laypersons, consistent with current trends in demographics and higher education. Currently, 16 of the 28 AJCU colleges and universities have a non-Jesuit serving as president.
We have long prepared for this moment in our mission and organizational structure. We are committed as a university to our Jesuit mission and values and will expect our next president to lead with those values, which permeate our curriculum, culture, and campus. Our process has involved intricate cooperation between the Board of Trustees and the Jesuit society. Together, we have sought high-level operational experience, a strong vision for Loyola, and a strong commitment to the Catholic faith and Jesuit mission.
All interviewers will provide feedback to the Presidential Search Committee and the Board of Trustees; the Search Committee will provide feedback in a formal presentation to the Board. Ultimately, the final decision in selecting our next university president rests solely with the Loyola University New Orleans Board of Trustees. We expect to name a president no later than May 2018, with a potential start date in June or July.
The Board of Trustees is without reservation committed to finding the best person to lead Loyola University New Orleans into the future. We welcome your prayers and thoughtful guidance during this important and exciting time for the university.