The Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., is the president of Loyola University New Orleans. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1976 after graduating from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He holds advanced degrees in theology and in philosophy, receiving his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1993.
His professional work is in the field of bioethics. He serves as associate editor to and is on the editorial board of a number of ethics and medicine journals and book series, and he is a founding editor of the Journal of Christian Bioethics. He 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 an appointment at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.
He is a member of the Department of Philosophy at Loyola and teaches undergraduate and law students each year. Wildes authored Moral Acquaintances: Methodology in Bioethics published by the University of Notre Dame Press (2000), and is the editor or co-editor of four books. He has lectured internationally on medicine, ethics, and health care. He is developing a new book on organizational ethics in health care. He is currently a member of the boards of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and Rockhurst University in Kansas City.
Fr. Wildes is a member of the New Orleans Business Council and serves as the chair of the Board of Directors of Friends of New Orleans. He was a founding member of the New Orleans Ethics Review Board, which he chaired for four years. The ERB oversees the Office of the Inspector General in New Orleans. He also served as a Commissioner of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, 2010-2011 where he chaired the governance reform initiative. In July 2011, he was appointed to the Civil Service Commission for the City of New Orleans and served as chair of the commission until December 2014.