James Newman Loughran Edit Profile
AB, Fordham University, 1964. Master of Arts, Fordham University, 1965. Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy, Fordham University, 1975.
Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Loyola College, Baltimore, 1985. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Mount St. Mary's College, 2002. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), St. Peter's College, 2007.
Fr. Fr. He was ordained on June 11, 1970 and took his final vows on December 8, 1978. Academic career
While president of LMU, Fr. Loughran directed considerable financial resources to academics and lowered the minimum course load for professors from four to three, freeing up faculty for research and other scholarly and creative pursuits.
He established classes in the study of American cultures, in part to raise awareness of the school's minority students who were pushing for greater recognition. He was president in 1990 when one of Loyola Marymount's top basketball players, Hank Gathers, collapsed during a game and died. Gathers' family brought a wrongful-death suit against Loyola Marymount that the school settled for $545,000.
Loughran raised the university's endowment from about $21 million to $106 million before he resigned unexpectedly in 1991. In February 1990, Fr. Loughran denied university recognition to a fledgling gay and lesbian student organization, the Alliance of Gays and Lesbians - Loyola Marymount University (AGL-LMU), despite the group's support from both the student and faculty senates and in disregard of the fact that its charter did not violate Catholic teachings.
At the time of Loughran's decision, there was already a formally recognized gay and lesbian student group at Loyola Law School, which is part of Loyola Marymount University, though on a separate campus. Loughran's actions set off a contentious debate among students, faculty and staff. The organization struggled after its founding president graduated, though it survives in some form as of 2011.
In addition to his leadership positions at LMU and St Peter's, Father Loughran served as acting president of Brooklyn College in 1992, interim president of Mount St. Mary's College in Emmittsburg, Maryland, from 1993–94 and dean of Fordham College in New York.
Member (ex-officio) New Jersey Commission for Higher Education, 2000—2002. Trustee St. Peter's College, Jersey City, 1972—1978, 1994—2006, Xavier University, Cincinnati, 1981—1984, Canisius College, Buffalo, 1994—2001, Fordham University, 2000—2006, College Mount St. Vincent, Bronx, New York, 2004—2006. Chair New Jersey Presidents' Council, 2000—2002.
Member American Philosophical Association.
1965 - 1967
1970 - 1973
1979 - 1982
1984 - 1991
1992 - 1993
1993 - 1994
1994 - 1995
1995 - 2006
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