Rev. Brian Linnane, S.J. Interview: President, Loyola University Maryland

The student body and greater community of Loyola University Maryland are happy to welcome back Father Brian Linnane after a six-month long sabbatical. Dr. Susan Donovan served as acting president during his absence.

My interview with Father is designed to reach the Loyola student body, so they have a better idea of how his sabbatical was spent and what it meant to him. Additionally, I hope the class of 2019 gains an understanding and a feeling for the type of person and leader Father Linnane is, since they haven’t had the chance to get to know him yet.

The sabbatical was immediately effective on July 1, 2015, and ran through Dec. 31, 2015.

“I thought that it was a good time to take a break. Renew myself. Reflect on my work here and refresh myself for going forward,” said Father.

Father Linnane also spent a considerable amount of time in London during his sabbatical, where he continued his research and traveled often.

Not long after the horrific terrorist attacks in November, Father paid a visit to Loyola students studying in Paris.

“These events were attacks on venues that are really popular with young people. These places could have easily been where our students had been or wanted to go to. I thought that having an adult from home that they knew might be comforting to them and help them figure out what their next move was going to be,” said Father.

This is the type of gesture that makes Father Linnane who he is: A man for and with others.

For those who may not know, Father can frequently be found working amongst the student body at the Fitness & Aquatic Center (FAC). Although Father wouldn’t specifically pinpoint a time where we can all find him working out this semester, he did share that he prefers going when it isn’t crowded.

I’d like to thank Father Linnane for his time and once again, welcome him back to Loyola. I hope you enjoy the interview.