Brian F. Linnane

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Brian Linnane
24th President of Loyola University Maryland
Assumed office
July 1, 2005
Preceded byRev. Harold Ridley, S.J.
Personal details
Brian F. Linnane

(1955-08-25) August 25, 1955 (age 63)
Alma materBoston College (AB)
Georgetown University (MA)
Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (MDiv) (STL)
Yale University (MA) (MPhil) (PhD)

Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J. (born August 25, 1955) is the president of Loyola University Maryland.[1] Before assuming the presidency, he served as an assistant dean and associate professor at College of the Holy Cross, a Jesuit institution in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Early life and education[edit]

Born August 25, 1955, Fr. Linnane entered the Society of Jesus in 1977 and was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood on June 14, 1986. He earned an A.B. degree, magna cum laude, from Boston College in 1977 and an M.A. in government from Georgetown University in 1981 before undertaking divinity studies at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, where he received an M.Div. in 1986 and an S.T.L. in 1988. He earned an M.A. in 1990, an M.Phil. in 1991, and a Ph.D. in 1994 in religious studies from Yale University.

College of the Holy Cross[edit]

Fr. Linnane joined the Religious Studies department at Holy Cross in 1994. He has written several scholarly articles in the disciplines of fundamental moral theology, health care ethics, and virtue ethics. He served as assistant dean at Holy Cross from 2003–05 and was named a Loyola College Trustee in 2000.

Loyola University[edit]

In July 2005, Fr. Linnane became the 24th President of Loyola University Maryland. As president of Loyola University Maryland, Fr. Linnane has overseen the opening of the Ridley Athletic Complex as well as renovation and expansion of Donnelly Science Center and the building of Flannery O’Connor Residence Hall. He steered the University through its current strategic plan, Grounded in Tradition, Educating for the Future and led Loyola through its designation change from Loyola College in Maryland to Loyola University Maryland in 2009. He launched Loyola's first comprehensive fundraising campaign, Bright Minds, Bold Hearts, and he provided and inspired the vision for Messina, Loyola's distinctive living learning program.[2]

Fr. Linnane currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. He is a trustee of Maryland Independent College and University Association. In April 2010, he was elected to the Basilica of the Assumption Historic Trust Board.


  1. ^ Alexopulos, Nick (19 March 2015). "Loyola's president, Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., to take sabbatical in fall 2015". LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MARYLAND. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
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