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Historical Academic Ceremony Scheduled at Loyola

Loyola announcement - October 19, 2004

Historical Academic Ceremony Scheduled at Loyola

(New Orleans)The Inauguration of Loyola University New Orleans’ 16th president, the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J. is scheduled for October 15, 2004 on the university campus.

The following is a list of inauguration events:

  • 2 – 3:30 p.m., Inauguration MassHoly Name of Jesus Church
  • 4- 5:30 p.m., Inauguration Ceremony Roussel Hall
  • 6- 8 p.m., Inaugural President's Reception Monroe Library
  • 8 p.m., College of Music, Collage ConcertRoussel Hall

This concert will feature over 250 students and faculty from the University Chorus, Jazz Band, Symphony Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble, in addition to various student solo and chamber music performances. The collage format involves a brief performance by each ensemble followed immediately by another totally different performance, thus creating an uninterrupted collage of various musical styles. This unique collage concert featuring students from the College of Music is a first for Greater New Orleans’ audiences and promises to be an upbeat and delightful finale for an event-filled day of inaugural activities.

Background on Wildes

Wildes, who grew up in Pitman, N.J., earned a bachelor of arts in theology from St. Joseph’s University. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1976 and was ordained a priest in 1986. He holds advanced degrees in theology from the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in philosophy from Fordham University and Rice University. He received his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1993; his dissertation was on the foundations of bioethics.

He serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Associate Editor of the Philosophy and Medicine book series, and as co-editor of the book series Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture. He was also a founding editor of the Journal of Christian Bioethics. Wildes was a member of the Department of Philosophy and a Senior Research Scholar in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University where he also held a secondary appointment in the Department of Medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Wildes has delivered a number of invited lectures and papers and he has written widely on bioethics and public policy. He has authored the book Moral Acquaintances: Methodology in Bioethics published by the University of Notre Dame Press (2000) and is the editor or co-editor of four books including Birth, Suffering, and Death: Catholic Perspectives at the Edges of Life and Choosing Life: A Dialogue on Evangelium Vitae. He is currently developing a new book on organizational ethics in health care.