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Loyola President Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., announces plans to retire

Loyola University Maryland

February 15, 2021


The Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., who has served as president of Loyola University Maryland since 2005, has announced his plans to retire at the close of the 2021-22 academic year.

“We owe Fr. Linnane congratulations and tremendous gratitude for the ways in which he has guided the University through extraordinary opportunities and challenges. Throughout his tenure, he has led with conviction and dedication to Loyola and our students, taking strategic steps to place Loyola on a path for future continued success,” said James Forbes, ’80, chair of Loyola’s Board of Trustees. “Most recently, Fr. Linnane has navigated us through the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic with courage, compassion, and concern for every member of the community.”

The Board of Trustees announced plans to begin a search for the next president of Loyola with the goal of filling the role no later than July 1, 2022.

“As we welcomed students for in-person experiences this semester, reopened our campuses, and look toward the future of Loyola, I feel that the time is now right to help Loyola prepare for this transition,” said Fr. Linnane, who celebrated his 65th birthday in August. “Strategic decisions are needed for the next chapter of Loyola’s history, and Loyola’s next president should guide that process to lead Loyola forward into the future.”

The Board of Trustees will bestow the title of President Emeritus upon Fr. Linnane upon his retirement.