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Wildes elected vice chairman of Friends of New Orleans Board

Loyola press release - July 6, 2009

The Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., president of Loyola University New Orleans, has been elected vice chairman of the board of directors for Friends of New Orleans. He has served on the board since 2006. Other newly elected officers include Stephen DeBerry, chairman; Robert Dawson, treasurer; Denise M. Byrne, secretary and acting executive director; and Walter Isaacson, emeritus founding board member.

Friends of New Orleans is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership organization that provides a vehicle for people in the United States and abroad who care about this region, to declare their support and get involved. Its mission is to advocate for New Orleans and its surrounding parishes; inform people of those key issues that are shaping the national debate and decision making of the rebuilding effort; link individuals who want to help with the communities in the devastated areas; and motivate people to take part in the rebuilding effort.

In addition to the slate of officers, the Friends of New Orleans Board of Directors includes John M. Barry, James Carville, Jack Davis, Gloria Dittus, James R. Doty, Elliot J. Fabri, Taylor Hackford, Michael Hecht, James Honoré, John Larrouqette, C.C. Lockwood, Mike Medavoy, J. Stephen Perry, Harry Shearer, and Tommy G. Thompson.

Wildes is the sixteenth president of Loyola University New Orleans. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1976 after graduating from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He holds advanced degrees in theology and in philosophy and received his doctorate from Rice University in 1993. Prior to joining Loyola University, 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. He is currently a member of the Department of Philosophy at Loyola and teaches undergraduate students each year.

Wildes serves as a member of the boards of Loyola University Chicago and St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Locally, in addition to his work on the board of directors for the Friends of New Orleans, Wildes is a member of the New Orleans Business Council and is the appointed chairman of the Ethics Review Board for the City of New Orleans. Wildes recently served on the board of GNO, Inc., which spearheads economic development for the 10-parish Greater New Orleans region.

For more information on Wildes or to schedule an interview with him, contact Meredith Hartley in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5881 or by e-mail at mhartley@loyno.edu.