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Press Release - June 28, 2021

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Anna Shymanski Zach
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Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago Welcomes Four New Members to Board of Trustees

Board re-elects Susan Sher as chair and Mark Hoppe as vice chair for two-year term

CHICAGO, June 28, 2021 – At its annual meeting in June, Loyola University Chicago’s Board of Trustees elected four new members—including two Loyola alumni—to the Board. Susan Sher, ‘74 JD, and Mark Hoppe were also re-elected to serve as Board chair and vice chair respectively for a two-year term.

“I want to extend my congratulations to and appreciation for our newly elected trustees,” said Dr. Jo Ann Rooney, president of Loyola University Chicago. “As we plan to fully return to campus this fall, begin implementation of the recently approved Strategic Plan, and continue advancing our commitment to furthering our mission to Chicago and the world, Loyola will benefit immensely from our new trustees’ leadership, their personal connections to our Jesuit mission, and the perspectives and insights they bring from their respective backgrounds and industries.”

“I also want to extend my congratulations to Susan and Mark for their re-election as chair and vice chair and express my gratitude for their leadership. Their guidance has proved essential during what has been an extraordinary year for our community, nation, and world, and we are grateful for their continued commitment to our University and support of our strategic priorities.”

Sher is senior advisor to the President of the University of Chicago and was first elected to Loyola’s Board in June 2011. She became vice chair in June 2017 and was elected chair in 2020. Hoppe, who serves as the regional president of Fifth Third Bank Chicago, was first elected to the Board in June 2018 and elected vice chair in 2020.

”I am honored to be re-elected as chair of our talented and dedicated Board and to continue to serve my alma mater in this role, and I extend my congratulations and a warm welcome to our newly elected trustees,” said Sher. “Together, the Board will continue to support President Rooney’s outstanding leadership as the University implements the Strategic Plan and emerges stronger from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Information about Loyola’s four new trustees can be found below:

Mary Hasten is the president and treasurer of The Hasten Foundation. She is an alumna of Fairfield University, and her late grandfather, Erwin Hasten (JD 1913); father, EJ Hasten (BA ’47, JD ’54); and late brother, Michael Hasten (JD ’74) were all graduates of Loyola. She is board vice chair of Start Early (formerly the Ounce of Prevention Fund) and a member of the Midwest Committee for CARE. She also previously served on the Boston College Parent’s Council.

Very Reverend Timothy P. Kesicki, S.J. (MA ’88) is the president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. As conference president, Fr. Kesicki works with the Jesuit Provincials of the United States and Canada in implementing programs and representing the Conference internationally. He also serves as the religious superior of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University.

Fr. Kesicki previously served as the Provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus from 2008 through 2014, as president of Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH, and as a theology teacher at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy and Loyola High School in Detroit. He is also on the boards of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and America Magazine.

William F. Lynch currently serves as CEO of Wintrust Bank and market head overseeing Northbrook Bank & Trust, Beverly Bank & Trust, Hinsdale Bank & Trust, and Wintrust Wealth Services. He previously served as president and CEO of Wintrust Bank. Before joining the company in 2008, Mr. Lynch was senior vice president and marketing manager of JPMorgan Chase’s middle market banking division. He has more than 40 years of experience in handling multiple banking divisions in Illinois and coordinating marketing and new business initiatives for commercial bankers. An alumnus of Marquette University and the Keller Graduate School of Management, Lynch has been a member of Loyola’s Arrupe College Board since 2015 and currently serves as chair.

Taylor J. O’Malley (BBA ’89) is president and a co-founder of Balyasny Asset Management (BAM), a 20-year-old global hedge fund with more than $10B in assets under management.  Previously, he was a vice president of Luminant Worldwide and a senior manager at Deloitte Consulting, focusing on financial companies. O'Malley is the former chairperson and continues to serve on the board of A Better Chicago, a venture philanthropy fund focused on building a more equitable Chicago for low-income youth. His father, the late John D. O’Malley, Sr., was also an alumnus of Loyola (’50 BA, ’52 MA, and ’53 JD) who taught business law from 1953-2013, making him the longest-serving professor in the University’s history.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 16,600 students. Nearly 11,500 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 14 schools, colleges, and institutes, including Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago, College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, Quinlan School of Business, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Stritch School of Medicine. Ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.