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Wildes Selected as New Loyola President

Loyola press release - April 16, 2004

The Rev. Kevin Wildes, S. J., selected as Loyola University New Orleans president

(New Orleans)—The Board of Trustees at Loyola University New Orleans elected the Rev. Kevin Wildes, S.J., as the university’s 16th president effective July 1, 2004. Wildes, 49, replaces the Rev. William J. Byron, S.J., who has served as interim president since October 7, 2003.

Wildes, an expert in medical ethics, has extensive teaching and research experience having taught at Loyola College, University of Houston, Georgetown University Medical Center, and Georgetown University.

Wildes is associate dean of Georgetown College at Georgetown University and is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy of Georgetown University. He holds a secondary appointment as assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is also a senior research scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown.

Wildes 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 a doctorate from Rice University in 1993; and his dissertation was on the foundations of bioethics. He serves as associate editor of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, as associate editor of the Philosophy and Medicine book series, and as co-editor of the Clinical Medical Ethics book series and the book series Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture. He was a founding editor of the Journal of Christian Bioethics.

Wildes is the author Moral Acquaintances: Methodology in Bioethics. He is also of the editor or co-editor of four books: Birth, Suffering, and Death: Catholic Perspectives at the Edges of life; Critical Care and Critical Choices: Catholic Perspectives on Allocating Resources in Intensive Care Medicine; Choosing Life: A Dialogue on Evangelium Vitae; and Infertility: A Crossroad of Faith, Medicine, and Technology. Additionally, he has delivered a number of invited lectures and papers and has written widely on bioethics and public policy.

Wildes takes over the leadership of a thriving liberal arts and sciences institution consistently ranked among the top regional colleges and universities in the South and one of the top 60 in the United States, according to annual survey in the U.S. News & World Report.

Academic excellence, ideal size, rich Jesuit tradition…It’s this unique combination that distinguishes Loyola University New Orleans from other institutions. Loyola was chartered in 1912 and is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. The university serves approximately 5,900 undergraduate and graduate students and offers 60 undergraduate degree programs, 15 graduate programs, and a juris doctor degree. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Visit Loyola University New Orleans on the World Wide Web at www.loyno.edu.