The Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., formally assumed the duties of the university's 16th president effective July 1, 2004. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1976 after graduating from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He holds advanced degrees in theology and in philosophy, receiving his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1993. He is also a member of the Department of Philosophy at Loyola and teaches undergraduate and law students each year.