DE LEON'S THOUGHTS


The Loyola Corporation?

 

 

 

COMMUNITY: The College prides itself in its rigorous academic programs, where students work closely with a tightly knit faculty. The inclusion of University in the school’s name exhibits a wandering away from this principal characteristic of the school. As the college evolves into a business first and foremost, we leave behind our roots of excellence, roots that are based in 150 years of community. While it can be argued that the name change will not directly influence the school’s identity this is naïve. This marks a changing tide, one where growth and perceptions of recognition take precedence over education. I ask, what would John Early think?

 

COST: The financial cost of such an endeavor is significant and would be done at a cost to the entire college community. Allocation of funds to the proposed name change diverts funds away from programs in need of greater funding.

 

 IDENTITY: Loyola College is the only school bearing this name in the United States. Adopting the name Loyola University, even with the inclusion of the “In Maryland” suffix places us as one of four Loyola Universities, thus diminishing our distinction and brand image.

 

HERITAGE: Founded in 1852 as Loyola College, Loyola maintains an alumni community that deeply values our Jesuit educations. Changing the

name of the college betrays our heritage and is an affront to over 150 years of jesuit education in Baltimore. We are Loyola College and are proud to be Greyhounds past and present. Changing our identity is acknowledging that there exists a problem. I am proud that my diploma reads “Loyola College in Maryland”; there is no problem with that.

 

-JMD

 

The expressed views are those of James M. De Leon