Today, another in our occasional series, Midday on Higher Education. From time to time, host Tom Hall sits down with the presidents of Maryland colleges and universities to talk about the challenges that each of their institutions face, and how those institutions are connected to the fabric of the communities in which they are located.
Today Tom's guest is the Rev. Brian F. Linnane, a Jesuit priest who serves as president of Loyola University Maryland, here in Baltimore. Loyola is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country. There are several others that are named “Loyola,” after St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order, but Baltimore was the first. Before coming to Loyola, Fr. Linnane was an associate professor of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he later served as Assistant Dean. He has been the President of Loyola University Maryland since 2005, and as such he is one of the longest serving university presidents in Maryland.
What does a Catholic education offer to young people who, as a demographic, are drifting away from the organized religion of their parents and grandparents? And how does a Catholic liberal arts education prepare students for a dynamic and changing labor market? We take listener comments and questions as well.