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Loyola elects five new board members

August 21, 2009

Loyola University New Orleans board of trustees elected five new members for the term beginning Aug. 1, 2009. They are the Rev. James M. Bowler, S.J., the Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., Chad Shinn, N. John Simmons Jr., ’76, and the Rev. Paul Soukup, S.J.

Officers for the 2009 — 10 board are Suzanne T. Mestayer, chair; J. Kevin Poorman, vice chair; the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., university president; the Rev. Peter Rogers, S.J., Ph.D., vice president; and the Rev. Lawrence W. Moore, S.J., Ph.D., secretary treasurer.

The Rev. James M. Bowler, S.J., Ph.D., is a facilitator for Catholic and Jesuit Mission and Identity at Fairfield University in Connecticut.

Bowler has both staffed and directed national workshops for the Jesuit Secondary Educational Association, the National Association of Independent Schools, the National Catholic Educational Association, and the Institute for the Development of Educational Activities of the Charles F. Kettering Foundation. Bowler has also taught graduate courses in the schools of education at both Fordham and Fairfield Universities. He served as a consultant for educational planning for the Society of Jesus in Jamaica, Wis., and the Roman Catholic Diocese in the Bahamas.

In 1979, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award from the Institute for Development of Educational Activities of the Charles F. Kettering Foundation.

Bowler holds a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s Seminary, a master’s degree from Boston College, a licentiate in philosophy degree and a master of divinity degree from Weston School of Theology, now Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

The Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., Ph.D., is the executive director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education and a professor of law at Santa Clara University in California.

He is a graduate of Fordham University and holds advanced degrees in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He received his law degree and doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.

After finishing law school, he clerked for Judge Joseph M. McLaughlin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and also served as a visiting lecturer at Santa Clara University School of Law. Quinn began teaching at Georgetown in 1994 and was appointed professor of law in 2000. His academic interest in is health care ethics. At Georgetown, he taught decedents’ estates and jurisprudence and offered seminars in legal justice and bioethics and the law. In 2006, he was named executive director of the Ignatian Center at Santa Clara.

Chad Shinn is an executive officer on the board of trustees for the New Orleans Hornets, with which he has been closely involved since its inception in 1987. As an officer, he assists and advises on key decisions and strategies for the team.

In his work with the Hornets, Shinn has aided several departments in an effort to learn how the entire business operates. He spent the 2004 — 05 season as an assistant to the general manager and equipment manager. During the 2005 — 06 season, he served as special assistant to the owner and president.

N. John Simmons Jr., is the newly appointed CEO of Lifestyle Family Fitness, a chain of 55 fitness clubs in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Indiana. According to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, it is one of the top 20 fastest growing health club companies in the world. He is also the current executive-in-residence for the University of South Florida School of Accountancy and is an advisory board member for the business school. John received a bachelors of business administration degree from Loyola University New Orleans in 1976.

Simmons, who is from the Tampa Bay, Fla., area, began his career with the international accounting firm KPMG, where he worked for 17 years. As an audit partner, his clients included Publix Supermarkets and Jabil Circuit. He later became CFO for Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, vice president and controller of Eckerd Corporation, president of Quantum Capital Partners and president of New Homes Realty.

Simmons has been a director for several public companies including SRI Surgical, a $100-million surgical instrument and supplies company, MedQuist, a $400-million medical transcription company, and Technology Research Corporation, a $30-million electronics manufacturer.

The Rev. Paul A. Soukup, S.J., Ph.D., is chair and professor of the communication department at Santa Clara University. He earned a doctorate in communication from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985. He holds two master’s degrees from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley in divinity and sacred theology.

Soukup’s research interests include the connection between communication and theology and the use of new technologies in religious communication. From 1988 to 1997, he served on the editorial advisory board at Company magazine and has been the managing editor of Communication Research Trends since 2000.

His publications include “Communication and Theology,” “Christian Communication: A Bibliographical Survey,” “Media, Culture, and Catholicism,” “Mass Media and the Moral Imagination with Philip J. Rossi,” and “Fidelity and Translation: Communicating the Bible in New Media with Robert Hodgson.” This latter publication developed out of his work on the American Bible Society’s New Media Bible.

His most recent book was published in 2006 and is a series of meditations on communication and theology called “Out of Eden: 7 ways God restores blocked communication.”

The Rev. Peter Rogers, S.J., Ph.D., is the newly appointed vice president to the board, and is the rector of the Loyola Jesuit Community and associate professor of French. He is a native of Jeanerette, La., and has been a member of the Loyola Jesuit community and Loyola faculty since 1982. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., and his master of arts degree from Middlebury College in Vermont. He also holds a master’s in theology from Centre Sèrves in Paris. He earned doctorates in French literature from the Universite de Paris IV–Sorbonne and Columbia University.

Theodore “Ted” Frois, J.D., ‘69, was named trustee emeritus.

Theodore “Ted” Frois, a 1969 graduate of Loyola’s College of Law, is the general counsel for the Upstream Companies of Exxon Mobil Corporation, responsible for worldwide legal activities in the exploration, development, production and gas and power marketing business of the company. Frois’ term with Loyola’s board of trustees began in 1999, and from Aug. 2005 — May 2008, he served as chair of the board. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Exxon Scholars Minority Scholarship program for the College of Law. In 2001, he and his wife endowed the Ted and Louana Frois Distinguished Professorship of International Law Studies. In 2006, they endowed the Major Theodore C. Frois (MIA Dec. 6, 1950, Korean War) Military Scholarship. Frois, a New Orleans native, now resides in Houston.

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