Loyola at a Glance
Loyola president and experts aid in New Orleans' renewal serving on Landrieu transition team
March 19, 2010
The Loyola University New Orleans community is well represented on the Transition New Orleans Task Forces of Mayor-elect Mitch Landrieu, L’85. Landrieu has hand selected New Orleans leaders from a variety of fields to serve on specific task forces ranging from blight and the economy to criminal justice and health care. Landrieu will depend on task force members’ knowledge and advice as he prepares to take office on May 3.
Loyola President Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., was appointed to serve as a member and subcommittee co-chair of the health care task force. Wildes serves as associate editor to and on the editorial board of a number of ethics and medicine journals and book series, and he is a founding editor of the Journal of Christian Bioethics. Prior to joining Loyola, he taught in Georgetown University’s philosophy department and was a senior research scholar in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. Wildes also held a secondary appointment in the department of medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.
Michael Cowan, special assistant to Wildes, member of the New Orleans Crime Coalition and longtime community activist, serves on the NOPD task force and is on the search committee for a new chief of police. Cowan, Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness George Capowich and Criminal Justice Chair Ed Thornton serve on the criminal justice transition task force as well.
Numerous Loyola alumni and current and former members of the university’s board of trustees, Suzanne Mestayer, Rita Benson LeBlanc, Chad Shinn and Tina Owen, are also serving in the transition.
“The idea is to bring together a diverse group of citizens, the best and the brightest, to make recommendations on how to move our city forward,” Landrieu said on his transition Web site. “We’re not going to fix everything overnight, but the task forces will make concrete recommendations on how to deliver results for the people of New Orleans.”
Wildes said he is proud that so many members of the Loyola community have been called and answer the call to serve.
“Loyola has a rich tradition of leadership and service in this region, dating back to the arrival of the Jesuits in the 17th century,” Wildes said. “We instill in our students the concept that they should pursue excellence in themselves so that they can lead change and improve the communities in which they live. This is living that concept, and I am both humbled and proud that so many of us can further aid in the renewal of this great city.”
For more information on the Transition New Orleans Task Forces, visit http://www.transitionneworleans.com/.
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