Presidential Search

2017 Presidential Search

Dear Loyola community,

It is with great excitement and tremendous pride that we share with you the selection of our new university president. Tania Tetlow, J.D., will be the 17th university president, the first layperson and woman to lead Loyola University New Orleans since the Society of Jesus founded the university in 1912.
Ms. Tetlow currently serves as senior vice president and chief of staff and the Felder-Fayard Professor of Law at Tulane University, where she is key strategic adviser to President Michael Fitts; oversees government, community, and board relations; and leads special policy efforts on issues including campus safety, race and diversity, and campus sexual misconduct reforms. During her time as strategic adviser, enrollment, retention, and fundraising have soared, and the university has experienced great cultural, community, and financial transformation.

A renowned lawyer and member of the Tulane Law School faculty since 2005, Ms. Tetlow served as Tulane’s inaugural associate provost for international affairs, coordinating the university’s international programs, research, and students. Her research has helped to usher in new anti-discrimination policies at the U.S. Department of Justice. She has directed Tulane’s Domestic Violence Law Clinic and raised a total of $2.3 million in federal grant funds. She has advised governments and law clinics in Egypt, Rwanda, and Iran on domestic violence policy and was chosen to participate in the U.S. delegation to the Secretary of State’s People-to-People Exchange in Beijing. In 2009, she was the newest faculty member ever to received Tulane’s University Graduate Teaching Award.

Before joining academia, Ms. Tetlow was an associate at Phelps Dunbar, litigating complex commercial transactions. She also served as an assistant United States attorney, prosecuting everything from violent crime to fraud cases.

Ms. Tetlow brings to Loyola a wealth of experience, as well as strong community, donor, and industry relationships. She has served on a variety of nonprofit boards and city commissions. At the mayor’s request, she led a turnaround of the NOPD Sex Crimes Unit. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, she chaired the New Orleans Public Library board and raised $7 million to rebuild flooded branches. She was selected for the British American Project, a bilateral leadership organization, and later served as its U.S. chair.

Ms. Tetlow graduated cum laude from Tulane University with a bachelor of arts degree in American studies and is a magna cum laudegraduate of Harvard Law School as well as a Harry Truman Fellow. A Catholic and a New Orleanian, Ms. Tetlow has deep family ties to the Jesuits and has been a member of the Ignatius Chapel community at Loyola since she was 6 years old. 

Ms. Tetlow emerged as the top selection for Loyola’s president from a large and diverse pool of highly accomplished leaders in a nationwide search. Among the finalists, she received a majority recommendation from the search committee, which was composed of members of the Society of Jesus, the Loyola University New Orleans Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Our process was a success due to the cooperation between the Board of Trustees and the Society of Jesus. Together, united with Ms. Tetlow, we can achieve our long-term vision for Loyola while remaining committed to our Catholic faith and Jesuit mission. We thank you for your continued prayers and thoughtful guidance during this important and exciting time for the university.

Here are some of the comments from our community on her selection:

“I have known Tania for a long time. She is a regular attendee at the Ignatius Chapel community Mass on Sunday and sings in the choir. She has an outstanding professional and academic reputation. She has also strong connections to Loyola and the Jesuit order. I have complete confidence that she will promote our Jesuit identity as well as any Jesuit could.”—President Emeritus the Rev. James C. Carter, S.J., Ph.D., H'95

“The Jesuits are thrilled that our first lay president has such a strong Catholic faith and Jesuit background. Though we were definitely looking for these attributes in all the possible candidates, it would be hard to find a qualified layperson who has a greater understanding and appreciation of what the Society of Jesus tries to be and do in our contemporary world.”—Billy Huete, S.J., Trustee

“The Loyola Board of Trustees conducted a very thorough and diligent search to find the best person to lead our university as we move forward with the next phase of our 100-plus year history. We are honored to have Ms. Tania Tetlow join us as Loyola University’s first lay president. She combines the academic rigor, business acumen, and Jesuit values that we try to live each day at Loyola University New Orleans and expect from our president. We welcome her to Loyola and look forward to her leadership.”—Robert A. “Bobby” Savoie, M.B.A. '81, Ph.D., Chairman, Board of Trustees

“With her deep roots in New Orleans and her Jesuit values, she was born for this job,”—Dennis Cuneo, J.D. '76, Trustee and Chair, Presidential Search Committee

“Given the task at hand at Loyola, I am confident she will assure not only our financial future but the special mission of the university, ‘men and women for and with others.’” —Paul Pastorek, '76, J.D. '79, Acting Chief Operating Officer 
“As a Loyola parent as well as interim provost, I am really excited to welcome our first layperson president. I know she understands our Jesuit mission as well as higher education, and she will inspire our students to become the next generation of leaders who will change the world.”—Interim Provost Maria Calzada, Ph.D.

“Tania comes to Loyola knowing and living the Jesuit mission and will bring to us disciplined leadership, vision, and a commitment to another 100 years of excellence educating leaders of today and tomorrow.  Those of us who have known her are so very excited to have her on board. Tania is widely respected in our community and in the nation and will bring to us the disciplined leadership and vision needed at this time in the university’s history. I am excited to welcome her to the Loyola family and look forward to working with her.” —Madeleine Landrieu, J.D. '87, H '05, Dean, College of Law, and Judge Adrian G. Duplantier Professor of Law
“I think that Tania is going to be transformative for the university. She has a national vision for excellence for Loyola. She is proven in her field as an administrator, as a professor, and as an attorney. I think the faculty and staff will be energized to have her as our 17th leader.”—Justin Nystrom, Ph.D., University Senate President

“I’m thrilled. Tania was my choice from the beginning. Her presidency comes at a tremendous time for Loyola and sends an important message to the campus community and the city of New Orleans. It also comes at a time that New Orleans has selected its first woman mayor. I think the timing was right for all of this.”—Kathy Gros, Staff Senate President

“As a Loyola alumnus, I am absolutely thrilled about the selection of Tania Tetlow as our next president. She embodies the essence of Loyola University New Orleans in a way that is difficult to articulate but evokes our mission, and she is the perfect 21st-century leader for our university. This is a sensational choice for Loyola.” —Robért LeBlanc, '00, Trustee

We have long prepared for this moment in our mission and organizational structure. We’re thrilled to welcome Ms. Tetlow to our campus as our next leader.

We remain committed to our Jesuit mission and values and know our new president will continue to guide us toward fulfilling our greatest potential.


Robert A. "Bobby" Savoie, M.B.A. '81, Ph.D. 
Chair, Board of Trustees