William J. Byron

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Rev. William James Byron, S.J. (born 1927) is a priest of the Society of Jesus. He is now a professor and lives in residence at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.[1]

Previously, Father Byron was research professor at the Sellinger School of Business and Management of Loyola University Maryland,[2] president of Saint Joseph's Preparatory School (from 2006 to 2008), interim president of Loyola University New Orleans (from 2003 to 2004), pastor of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church (Washington, D.C.) (from August, 2000 until June, 2003), teacher of "Social Responsibilities of Business" in the McDonough School of Business of Georgetown University, where he was the rector of the Georgetown Jesuit Community (from 1992 to 2000), president of The Catholic University of America (from 1982 to 1992), president of the University of Scranton (from 1975 to 1982), and dean of arts and sciences at Loyola University New Orleans (from 1973 to 1975).[3][4]

Fr. Byron has reacted against a Holy See attempt to re-assert control over Catholic universities in the United States in the constitution Ad Tuendam Fidem, stating that "Theology professors must explain and not proclaim the faith".[citation needed]

He also was a guest on HBO's Da Ali G Show.


He graduated from Saint Joseph's Preparatory School in 1945, entering the Society of Jesus in 1950. He was ordained in 1961. In 1969 he received a doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland.


  • 1975 - Toward stewardship: An interim ethic of poverty, power, and pollution (Topics in moral argument) - ISBN 0-8091-1865-3
  • 1982 - The Causes of World Hunger - ISBN 0-8091-2483-1
  • 1989 - Quadrangle Considerations - ISBN 0-8294-0630-1
  • 1992 - Take Your Diploma and Run!: Speaking to the Next Generation - ISBN 0-8091-3306-7
  • 1995 - Take Courage: Psalms of Support and Encouragement - ISBN 1-55612-751-0
  • 1995 - Finding Work Without Losing Heart: Bouncing Back from Mid-Career Job Loss - ISBN 1-55850-481-8
  • 1998 - Answers from Within: Spiritual Guidelines for Managing Setbacks in Work and Life - ISBN 0-02-861753-3
  • 2000 - Jesuit Saturdays: Sharing the Ignatian Spirit With Lay Colleagues and Friends - ISBN 0-8294-1468-1
  • 2003 - The 365 Days of Christmas: Keeping the Wonder of It All Ever Green - ISBN 1-59244-317-6
  • 2005 - A Book of Quiet Prayer: For All the Seasons, Stages, Moods, and Circumstances of Life - ISBN 0-8091-4362-3
  • 2006 - Power of Principles: Ethics for the New Corporate Culture - ISBN 1-57075-678-3


Preceded by
Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D.
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President of CUA

Succeeded by
Brother Patrick Ellis, F.S.C.
Preceded by
Dexter L. Hanley, S.J.
President of the University of Scranton
1975 - 1982
Succeeded by
Joseph A. Panuska, S.J.