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Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
23rd President
Loyola University Chicago

Reverend Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., has served as the 23rd president of Loyola University Chicago since June 2001. A seasoned university administrator, tenured professor, author, and scholar, Father Garanzini has spent the majority of his career working in higher education.

In June 2011, Father Garanzini was appointed by Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., the superior general of the Society of Jesus, to serve as the secretary for higher education for the Society of Jesus. In this new role, which officially began on September 1, 2011 and is in addition to his continued service as president of Loyola, Father Garanzini assists the Father General on a part-time basis, coordinating and championing Jesuit higher-education issues around the world.

Father Garanzini's solid academic credentials combine with a rare blend of experience in teaching, research, service, and administrative leadership at some of the nation's leading Jesuit institutions of higher learning, including Georgetown, Fordham, Saint Louis, and Rockhurst universities, as well as Gregorian University in Rome.

Prior to becoming president of Loyola, Father Garanzini was a full professor of psychology at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he had been special assistant to the president for two years. Before joining Georgetown, Father Garanzini was a visiting professor at Fordham University in New York.

Much of Father Garanzini's academic and administrative experience comes from his years at Saint Louis University, where he held several academic and administrative posts. A St. Louis native, Father Garanzini received his BA in psychology from Saint Louis University in 1971, the same year he entered the Society of Jesus. From 1984 to 1988, he divided his academic responsibilities between the University of San Francisco and Gregorian University in Rome. He received a doctorate in psychology and religion from the Graduate Theological Union/University of California, Berkeley, in 1986. In 1988, he returned to Saint Louis University as an associate professor of counseling and family therapy. He then served as assistant academic vice president from 1992 to 1994. He was appointed academic vice president in 1994, a post he held until 1998. In 2008, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of public service from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Father Garanzini serves on the following boards of trustees: the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU); the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities; the Archdiocese of Chicago, Board of Catholic Schools; the Flannery O'Connor-Andalusia Foundation; and LIFT-Chicago. He serves on investment committees for the ACCU, the Society of Jesus, and other organizations, and he is chairman of the Cuneo Scholarship Foundation.

Active in community service, Father Garanzini is known for his work on behalf of children and families. He is a frequent speaker and has published many books and articles on issues such as child and family therapy, moral development, and Catholic education.

Academic Experience

2001-Present — President, Loyola University Chicago
September 2011-Present — Secretary for Higher Education for the Society of Jesus
1999-01 — Special Assistant to the President and Acting Chair, Psychology Department, Georgetown University
1998-99 — Visiting Professor of Counseling, Fordham University
1994-98 — Academic Vice President, Saint Louis University
1993-94 — Acting Academic Vice President, Saint Louis University
1992-93 — Assistant Academic Vice President, Saint Louis University
1991-92 — Acting Vice President for Student Development, Saint Louis University
1988-98 — Associate Professor of Education, Saint Louis University, Graduate Program in Counseling and Undergraduate Psychology (tenure 1992)
1986 & 1988 — Visiting Professor in Psychology and Family Studies, Gregorian University, Graduate Division
1986-88 — Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and School of Education; Department of Educational Psychology, University of San Francisco
1984-86 — Part-Time Non-Tenured Faculty, University of San Francisco


  • PhD, Graduate Theological Union University of California, Berkeley, 1986, Psychology and Religion
  • STM, Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley, 1981, Moral Development
  • MDiv, Weston School of Theology, 1980
  • MA, New York University, 1978, American Civilization
  • BA, Saint Louis University, 1971, Psychology
  • Honorary Doctorate of Public Service, Carthage College, 2008

Personal Interests

  • Child development
  • Family systems
  • Counseling psychology

Selected Publications

  • "The Narcissistic Family: Implications for Catholic School Leaders" chapter in Catholic School Educational Leadership, by Hunt, Oldenski and Wallace (1998)

  • Child-Centered Schools: An Educator's Guide to Family Dysfunction (1995) NCEA Press

  • "Matching the Inner World with Outer Reality: Moral Development Domains and the Role of the Media" In Mass Media and the Moral Imagination, pp. 85-100. Edited by Philip J. Rossi and Paul A. Soukup. Kansas City, MO: Sheed and Ward, (1994).

  • "Meeting the Needs of Dysfunctional Families" Catechist, January, (1993).

  • The Attachment Cycle: An Object Relations Approach to the Healing Ministries (1987) Paulist Press