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Loyola Announces Seven New Board of Trustees

Loyola press release - August 26, 2004

Loyola Announces Seven New Board of Trustees

(New Orleans) Loyola University New Orleans announced the selection of seven new members to its Board of Trustees. They are Stephen M. Barbas, attorney and founding partner of what is now Barbas, Koenig, Nuñez, Sanders, and Butler; Karen J. Cooper, Karen Cooper & Associates law firm; Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president of Loyola University Chicago; Rev. Michael J. Graham, S.J., president of Xavier University in Ohio; Mitchell J. Landrieu, Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana; Rev. Mark S. Massa, S.J., professor in the Theology Department and Co-Director for the Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University; and J. Kevin Poorman, vice chairman of Classic Residence by Hyatt, a division of the Pritzker Group of the Hyatt Corporation.

Officers for the 2004-2005 Loyola Board of Trustees are Donna D. Fraiche, chair; Theodore M. Frois, vice chair; Lawrence W. Moore, S.J., secretary/treasurer; Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., president of the Board of Trustees and James P. Bradley, S.J., vice president.

Stephen M. Barbas is an attorney and senior partner at Barbas, Koenig, Nuñez, Sanders, and Butler in Tampa, Florida. Barbas’ own areas of practice are workers’ compensation, products liability, and personal injury law. Barbas began his legal career as an assistant city attorney in Tampa in 1979. He attended Stetson University in Deland, Florida, from 1972 to 1974 where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received a bachelor of science degree in business administration cum laude from Florida State University in 1976. In 1979, he received a juris doctor from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law.

Karen J. Cooper is an attorney specializing in real estate, personal injury, and family law. Her law firm, Karen Cooper & Associates, was established in New Orleans in 1999. She is also the owner of Precise Title, a title company with three locations in the area. A New Orleans native who was raised in California, she attended the University of California at Los Angeles and California State University at Sacramento, where she obtained a bachelor of arts degree in both political science and criminal justice. Cooper is a 1997 graduate of Loyola University New Orleans School of Law.

Michael J. Garanzini, S.J. was elected president of Loyola University Chicago on January 19, 2001. A native of St. Louis, Garanzini received his bachelor of arts in psychology from St. Louis University in 1971, the same year he entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). From 1984 to 1988, Garanzini divided his academic responsibilities between the University of San Francisco and Gregorian University in Rome. Garanzini received a doctorate in psychology and religion from the Graduate Theological Union/University of California, Berkeley, in 1986. In 1988, Garanzini returned to St. Louis as an associate professor of counseling and family therapy. He went on to serve as assistant academic vice president from 1992 to 1994, and then as academic vice president in 1994, a post he held until 1998.

Mitchell J. Landrieu became lieutenant governor of Louisiana in January 2004. In this position, he serves as commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. In 1987, he was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives where he served for 16 years in the seat previously held by his sister, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, and his father, Moon Landrieu. Landrieu has been a practicing attorney for 15 years. His areas of specialization are mediation, personal injury, and real estate. Landrieu was admitted to the bar in 1986. Landrieu earned his bachelor of arts in political science and theater in 1982 from Catholic University of America and his juris doctor in 1985 from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law.

J. Kevin Poorman is currently vice chair of Classic Residence by Hyatt and executive vice president and general counsel of Pritzker Realty Group, L.P. He also serves as an officer and board member of various Pritzker-owned companies. From 1988 until 1991, Poorman served as vice president of Hyatt Development Corporation. Prior to that, he was a private law practitioner. He was an associate at the Dallas, Texas, law firm of Hewett Johnson Swanson & Barbee from 1977 until 1982 and was a partner of the Dallas firm Johnson and Swanson (later Johnson & Wortley) from 1982 until 1988. After receiving a bachelor of science in botany from the University of Oklahoma in 1974, Poorman went on to earn his law degree from there, graduating summa cum laude in 1977. He is a 1969 graduate of Jesuit High School, New Orleans, where he continues to be an active member and benefactor. Poorman currently resides in Wilmette, Illinois

Rev. Michael J. Graham, S.J. a Cedar Rapids, Iowa native, is currently the president of Xavier University in Ohio. He joined Xavier University during the 1984-85 academic year as an assistant professor of history. He returned to stay in 1989, and in 1994 started working as the vice president for university relations. He then served as the executive assistant to the president and in January 2001, was appointed president of Xavier University.

Rev. Mark S. Massa, S. J. is a professor in the theology department and co-director for the Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University. He has published several books, such as Anti-Catholicism in America: The Last Acceptable Prejudice? as well as many articles on topics ranging from Catholic cartoons to Catholic-Protestant tensions in post-war America.