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Six new trustees join the ranks at Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola press release - August 21, 2015

The Loyola University New Orleans Board of Trustees recently elected six new members who began serving Aug. 1. Among the new trustees are two former university presidents, a chemist, a theologian, a best-selling author and the chief creative officer of one of the country’s largest and oldest minority-owned design practices.

The Board of Trustees at Loyola New Orleans helps to shape general, educational and financial policies in an effort to ensure strong and sound management, and advance the university’s mission. This corporate governance group oversees fiscal affairs; determines and reviews university goals and aims of educational programs; and determines or approves policies related to the instruction, extracurricular activities, campus and residential life of students, among other responsibilities.

John J. Finan, Jr. ’70, CEO of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System Inc., will remain as board chair. Other officers for the 2015-16 term include New Orleans-based entrepreneur Barry D. LeBlanc, M.B.A. ’82, who will serve as vice chair, and Rev. Francis W. “Billy” Huete, S.J., who will serve as secretary treasurer. University President the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. also serves as an officer on the board.

Loyola’s new Board of Trustees includes:

Margaret M. “Peggy” Condron ’69
Condron previously served as adjunct faculty at both Boston College and Marymount Manhattan College. Prior to teaching, she was an analytical chemist at the Campbell Soup Company for three years.

Rev. Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.
Fr. Fitzgerald is the 28th president of the University of San Francisco (USF). Prior to taking the helm at USF, he served as professor of religious studies and senior vice president for academic affairs at Fairfield University in Connecticut.

Rev. Francis W. “Billy” Huete, S.J.
A New Orleans native, Fr. Huete entered the Society of Jesus at Grand Coteau after graduating from Jesuit High School in 1970. Upon receiving his undergraduate degree from Spring Hill College, he studied theology in Rome at Gregorian University for three years before being ordained a priest in 1982. Today, he is rector of the Jesuit community and teacher of theology at Jesuit College Prep in Dallas, Texas.

Rev. Timothy R. Lannon, S.J.
Fr. Lannon previously served as president of Creighton University in Nebraska until January 2015. Former roles include eight years as president of St. Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania, and tenure at Marquette University as associate executive vice president and then vice president for university advancement. Lannon also previously served as chair of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, based in Washington, D.C.

Mary Matalin
In addition to being an author and radio host, Matalin is a widely sought after political contributor, pundit and public speaker, noted for her straightforward manner and insightful repartee. She co-hosts the nationally syndicated radio program “Both Sides Now,” which is currently broadcast on more than 100 radio stations across the country. Alongside her husband, political consultant and analyst James Carville, Matalin is also the author and co-author of several best-selling books.

Henry R. Muñoz, III ’14
Muñoz is chairman of the board and chief creative officer of Muñoz & Co., one of the largest and oldest minority-owned design practices in the country. He is co-founder of TheDream.US, a multimillion dollar national scholarship fund created to help immigrant youth achieve a college education, which has raised more than $80 million. He is a founder and driving force behind the effort to create a National Latino Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.