Message from President Wildes to the Community

Dear Loyola community, parents, alumni, and friends,

I have always believed that if a university president is going to create a meaningful and lasting legacy, that legacy needs to include leaving the university prepared to do well what it needs to do next. 

I have always wanted, above all, to leave Loyola well-positioned for the future. I have spent the past several weeks reflecting on Loyola and its future. I believe we are well on our way to success:

  • Fall 2017 first-year class enrollment is up 33 percent over last year.
  • Retention of current students is up 4 percent over last year.
  • Rankings are up – with Loyola in five of the Top 20 lists of The Princeton Review.
  • The Faith in the Future campaign is setting records and recently crossed the $67 million mark as we approach our $100 million goal.
  • The Magis Plan approved at this week’s meeting of the Board of Trustees will help Loyola grow and will put the university on firm financial footing by fall 2018.

It’s an exciting time to be at Loyola University New Orleans – and it is also, for me, the appropriate time to plan to say goodbye. I plan to depart Loyola University New Orleans in June 2018.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I am deeply committed to the university and to its mission. The work we are doing through the Magis Plan allows us to maintain that mission – to keep higher education accessible and to educate as many students in the Jesuit tradition as possible.

My two main priorities this year will be to implement the Magis Plan and to push forward to surpass our Faith in the Future campaign goal. I ask for your continued support to help us accomplish all this.

I am proud of all that we have achieved together and pleased that rewards we are reaping now position us well for the future. While I will be sad to leave Loyola and this exceptional community, I am above all excited for our students and for the future of the university. 

With prayers and best wishes,

Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S. J., Ph.D.