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Tania Tetlow, J.D., is the 17th university president of Loyola University New Orleans. She is the first woman and the first layperson to lead Loyola since the Society of Jesus founded the university in 1912. President Tetlow is also the fourth woman president, as well as the youngest woman president, to lead one of the 27 colleges and universities in the U.S. that comprise the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU.) She joined Loyola in August, 2018 and over the last three years has ushered in a new and exciting era at the 109-year-old Jesuit, Catholic university.
Under her leadership, Loyola successfully completed a turnaround after the most challenging period in its financial history, improving its bond rating, repositioning university finances through careful budgeting, increased retention, continued enrollment growth, and expansion of online, graduate and professional programs. This fall, Loyola happily welcomes its largest first-year class in university history, with more than 20 percent first-year students above target.
A dynamic leader, President Tetlow has also set a clear and attainable vision for the future. The university’s new Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence and Strategic Plan 2020: Courage and Creativity capitalize on Loyola’s strength in diversity, equity and inclusion, while encouraging sustainable and meaningful improvements to programs and enrollment growth. New academic programs created in response to local and regional needs place increased emphasis on healthcare. A new undergraduate nursing program created in partnership with national industry leader Ochsner Health System creates clinical placement opportunities for students and fills a critical gap for the system.
A dedicated fundraiser, President Tetlow oversaw the completion of the $100 million Faith in the Future campaign, Loyola’s most ambitious fundraising campaign in history. Funds raised now go primarily toward scholarships, endowed professorships, improvements to academic programs, and construction of the new Chapel of St. Ignatius and Gayle and Tom Benson Jesuit Center, to be completed in 2022. New student hardship and digital equity funds help ensure that students are able to complete their Loyola education.
When the COVID-19 global pandemic took root in New Orleans in March, 2020, President Tetlow ensured the general safety of the Loyola community and a smooth transition to online and hybrid operations with minimal impact to finances. Consistent, clear communication and new virtual marketing and recruitment tools have ensured that Loyola not only survived, but in many ways, thrived, taking advantage of new technology and bringing lessons learned into future operations.
Prior to joining Loyola, President Tetlow served as senior vice president and chief of staff as well as the Felder-Fayard Professor of Law at Tulane University, where she was key strategic adviser to President Michael Fitts. As a law professor, President Tetlow’s research helped persuade the Department of Justice to reimagine its regulation of constitutional policing. She directed Tulane’s Domestic Violence Law Clinic and raised millions in federal grant funds.
Before her career in academia, President Tetlow was an associate at Phelps Dunbar, litigating complex commercial transactions. She also served as an Assistant United States Attorney, prosecuting everything from violent crime to fraud cases.
President Tetlow graduated cum laude from Tulane University with a bachelor of arts degree in American studies and is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School as well as a Harry Truman Fellow. A Catholic and a New Orleanian, President Tetlow has deep family ties to the Jesuits and has been a member of the Ignatius Chapel community at Loyola since she was six years old.
Loyola Magazine: Presidential Issue
The special presidential issue of LOYNO Magazine shares more about President Tania Tetlow, her plan for the university, and fun facts about her journey from a member of the Ignatius Chapel choir as a child to president of #LOYNO