FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Reverend Stagaman Named Rector of Loyola Jesuit Community
CHICAGO, May 18, 2004 The Jesuit Community connected with Loyola University Chicago and Loyola University Medical Center has appointed David Stagaman, S.J., as rector, effective June 18. Fr. Stagaman replaces Jack O’Callaghan, S.J., who will return to full-time work at Stritch School of Medicine, where he is a senior chaplain and ethicist. Fr. Stagaman, who came to Loyola two years ago as chairperson of the department of theology, will continue in this position as well.
Fr. Stagaman is a member of the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus. As a scholastic, he earned both an A.B. and M.A. in philosophy from Loyola. After ordination he traveled to Paris where he studied theology at the Institut Catholique de Paris, earning a doctorate in theology in May, 1975. For almost 30 years he taught at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Calif., and in the Graduate Theological Union doctoral program. He was academic dean and senior vice-president of the school from 1987 to 1996. He is originally from Cincinnati where he attended St. Xavier High School.
As rector, Fr. Stagaman is charged with the personal care of the Jesuits who work full time in the university and medical center. He will oversee the four houses where Loyola’s Jesuits live, and will be responsible for overall community finances and the configuration of the community. He is the liaison to a number of publics, including the university’s administration and board of trustees, the Provincial of the Chicago Province and the larger Society of Jesus and the Archdiocese of Chicago.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students, which includes 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.