(May 20, 2018) - Tania Tetlow, J.D., has been selected by the Loyola University New Orleans Board of Trustees to serve as the institution’s 17th president. A Catholic as well as a New Orleans resident, Tetlow comes to Loyola New Orleans from neighboring Tulane University, where she currently serves as senior vice president and chief of staff and the Felder-Fayard Professor of Law. Tetlow will be the first lay and first woman president of Loyola since the university’s founding in 1912.
She is the fourth woman president as well as the youngest woman president to lead one of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S.
“The Jesuits are thrilled that our first lay president has such a strong Catholic faith and Jesuit background,” trustee Billy Huete, S.J., said. “Though we were definitely looking for these attributes in all the possible candidates, it would be hard to find a qualified layperson who has a greater understanding and appreciation of what the Society of Jesus tries to be and do in our contemporary world.”
“With her deep roots in New Orleans and Jesuit values, she was born for this job,” Dennis Cuneo, trustee and chair of Presidential Search Committee, said.
The university is confident that Tetlow will bring a new and vibrant energy to Loyola while preserving its Jesuit mission.
|Newly named as the next president of
Loyola University New Orleans,
Tania Tetlow receives a blessing May 20
from Fr. Fred Kammer, SJ.
“As a Loyola alumnus, I am absolutely thrilled about the selection of Tania Tetlow as our next president,” Robért LeBlanc ’00, former trustee, said. “She embodies the essence of Loyola University New Orleans in a way that is difficult to articulate but evokes our mission, and she is the perfect 21st-century leader for our university. This is a sensational choice for Loyola.”
As a lifelong resident, Tetlow has served on a variety of nonprofit boards and city commissions. At the mayor’s request, she led a turnaround of the NOPD Sex Crimes Unit. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, she chaired the New Orleans Public Library board and raised $7 million to rebuild flooded branches. She was selected for the British American Project, a bilateral leadership organization, and later served as its U.S. chair.
“I have known Tania for a long time,” President Emeritus the Rev. James C. Carter, S.J., Ph.D., said. “She is a regular attendee at the Ignatius Chapel community Mass on Sunday and sings in the choir. She has an outstanding professional and academic reputation. She has also strong connections to Loyola and the Jesuit order. I have complete confidence that she will promote our Jesuit identity as well as any Jesuit could.”
According to her mother, Elisabeth Tetlow, Tania may be the only person actually born in a Jesuit community, the Marion Avenue community at Fordham, composed of Jesuit and lay grad students. Her parents lived there before and after Tania's birth. She has an uncle who is a Jesuit, Fr. Joseph Tetlow, as well as a great-uncle Jesuit: the late P. Malcolm Mullen, SJ, who taught philosophy at Spring Hill.
She spent years living with her parents at Jesuit institutions, including Woodstock in New York, from which her mother was the only lay or female graduate, and Loyola New Orleans, where both her parents taught and her uncle was dean.
This month is the 40th anniversary of the Tetlow family joining the Ignatius chapel community at Loyola.
Tetlow emerged as the top selection for Loyola’s president from a large and diverse pool of highly accomplished leaders in a nationwide search. Among the finalists, she received a majority recommendation from the search committee, composed of members of the Society of Jesus, the Loyola University New Orleans Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students and alumni. In addition to her extensive experience, Tetlow’s close ties to the Catholic and Jesuit communities of New Orleans and her vision of national excellence for the university played a large factor in the decision to bring her to Loyola.
Tetlow starts her work with Loyola in September.
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