The Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., President
Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J.
The Reverend Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., is president of Loyola University New Orleans. Wildes entered the Society of Jesus in 1976. He was ordained a priest in 1986. He holds advanced degrees in theology and philosophy. He received his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1993; his dissertation was on the foundations of bioethics.
Prior to becoming President of Loyola University New Orleans Wildes was a member of the Department of Philosophy and a Senior Research Scholar in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University where he also held a secondary appointment in the Department of Medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.
Wildes has delivered a number of invited lectures and papers and has written widely on bioethics and public policy. He has authored the book Moral Acquaintances: Methodology in Bioethics published by the University of Notre Dame Press (2000) and is the editor or co-editor of four books. He is also currently developing a new book on organizational ethics in health care.
He continues to write and lecture on bioethics. He has lectured at Tulane Medical School, LSU Medical School, and given grand rounds at Ochsner Clinic Foundation. He continues to serve on the editorial boards of a number of journals and book series. Wildes is a member of the Department of Philosophy at Loyola University New Orleans and he teaches regularly.
Wildes is a member of the Boards of Loyola University Chicago, Xavier University in Cincinnati, and is chair of the Board of the Association of Louisiana Independent Colleges and Universities. He also serves on the Board of Greater New Orleans, Inc., (GNO, Inc.) a regional economic development authority and is a member of the New Orleans Business Council. Wildes also serves on the Board of Directors of Friends of New Orleans (FONO) a national advocacy group for the recovery of the city of New Orleans. FONO was formed by a group of nationally recognized individuals, including President Clinton Political Advisor James Carville and former HHS Secretary and Gov. Tommy Thompson (R-WI), along with media, government and business leaders, such as Phoenix Pictures Chairman Mike Medavoy, Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson.