Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


Father Garanzini’s Next Step

July 18, 2017

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

After serving for two years as chancellor, Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., will step down from this role, as he has accepted a visiting research faculty position at Fordham University, where he previously taught in 1998–1999. This move to New York City will enable Father Garanzini to focus on his expanding global responsibilities as secretary for higher education for the Society of Jesus, including the launch of a new International Association of Jesuit Universities.

As chancellor, Father Garanzini has been supportive of the transition to new leadership, while furthering Loyola’s development priorities and advancing international projects, including the John Felice Rome Center (JFRC). 

Father Garanzini’s legacy as Loyola’s president (2001–2015) is embodied by the transformation and expansion of our campuses, booming enrollments, a robust and integrative student experience, a renewed emphasis on health sciences education and research, sound financial management, fundraising success, and the University’s emphasis on global education and engagement. During his tenure as president, he prioritized expanding Loyola’s global footprint by establishing partnerships abroad, welcoming international students, ensuring the future of the historic JFRC, and launching academic program opportunities in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Beijing.

In recognition of his extraordinary contributions to global education, we are proud to announce the formation of the Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., Scholars Program, which will assist students for years to come in their pursuit of life-changing, study-abroad opportunities.

Father Garanzini shared that he is grateful to the Loyola community—our esteemed faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and community partners—for its tireless commitment to moving Loyola forward together during his tenure. He expressed his appreciation for all current and former trustees whose advice and support were essential to the University’s success. Lastly, he is especially grateful for his time with our exceptional students who he says have been a constant source of inspiration and joy for him.

Father Garanzini also shared with us his future aspiration to develop a research center that might support and supplement his work in building a worldwide collaborative network of Jesuit education when he eventually steps down from his role as secretary. In recognition of his commitment and service to our community over the last 16 years—as president, CEO, and chancellor—the Board of Trustees and University leadership have made a financial commitment to his ongoing work.   

Please join us in recognizing Father Garanzini and expressing our gratitude for his transformative contributions to Loyola University Chicago, our campus communities, and most importantly, our students. 


Bob Parkinson (BBA '73, MBA '75)
Chairman, Board of Trustees

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD