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Provost Amanda M. Thomas, Ph.D., to serve as Loyola’s interim president

Loyola University Maryland

May 10, 2021


After the Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., retires from the presidency of Loyola University Maryland on June 30, 2021, Amanda M. Thomas, Ph.D., will serve as the interim president until the next president assumes the role.

The Board of Trustees announced Thomas’ appointment today after their meeting earlier this week. The Board expects to complete Loyola’s presidential search and name a new president early this fall.

“The Board has full confidence that Dr. Thomas will provide the guidance Loyola needs at this moment in history and serve as a bridge between the two administrations,” said James Forbes, ’80, chair, Board of Trustees. “This is an opportune time for Loyola University Maryland, and the trustees and I have great optimism and enthusiasm for all that the months and years ahead will bring.”

Dr. Thomas has been provost and vice president for academic affairs for Loyola since September 2018, though she served as interim vice president for academic affairs since July 2017. She joined the Loyola faculty in 1991, became a full professor of psychology in 2002, and served as chair of psychology, associate dean of arts and sciences, and associate vice president for graduate studies before she left Loyola in 2014 to become dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for Saint Joseph’s University. Dr. Thomas returned to Loyola a year later as dean of Loyola College, a position she held until she was named interim vice president for academic affairs in July 2017.