Loyola University Maryland
February 1, 2021
After a national search, Loyola announced today that John C. Coppola, ’99, MBA ’00, will serve as the next vice president for finance and administration/treasurer.
Coppola, who is currently associate vice president for finance for Loyola, will begin in the role on March 1, 2021. He will succeed Randall Gentzler, who has served in the role since 2011. After Coppola assumes the role, Gentzler will be the senior financial advisor to the president until his retirement on May 31, 2021.
“As we conducted a national search for this position, Mr. Coppola quickly emerged as the candidate with the strongest background and the depth and breadth of expertise to lead Loyola forward,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president. “We are fortunate that he also knows the opportunities and challenges Loyola is facing with his experience—and proven record—as associate vice president for finance for Loyola for more than four years.”
As associate vice president for finance, Coppola has provided leadership over the controller's office and all functions related to general accounting and financial reporting, investment, debt and treasury management, student administrative services and all auxiliary operations. During his tenure, he has played a key role in working with leaders across the University to identify expense reduction and revenue creation initiatives.
Among the many projects and initiatives he has undertaken at Loyola, Coppola served on the Innovation Task Force, which resulted in the creation of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Aspire, was a key member of the University’s Stimulus Response and Business Continuity Work Groups that were formed in response to COVID-19, and led the University through a bond issuance for the Fernandez Center for Innovation and Collaborative Learning.