May 22, 2018 — Tania Tetlow, J.D., has been named as the 17th president of Loyola University New Orleans. A Catholic New Orleans resident, Tetlow comes to Loyola New Orleans from neighboring Tulane University, where she currently serves as senior vice president and chief of staff and the Felder-Fayard Professor of Law. Tetlow will be the first lay and first woman president of Loyola since the university’s founding in 1912.
She is the fourth woman president as well as the youngest woman president to lead one of the 28 U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities.
“The Jesuits are thrilled that our first lay president has such a strong Catholic faith and Jesuit background,” said Jesuit Father Billy Huete, a trustee of the university. “Though we were definitely looking for these attributes in all the possible candidates, it would be hard to find a qualified layperson who has a greater understanding and appreciation of what the Society of Jesus tries to be and do in our contemporary world.”
Newly named as the next president of Loyola University New Orleans, Tania Tetlow receives a blessing May 20 from Fr. Fred Kammer, SJ.
Among Tetlow’s many accomplishments, she served most recently as senior vice president and chief of staff at Tulane University, a key strategic adviser to the president that included overseeing board relations and government and community affairs and leading special policy efforts on issues including campus safety, race and diversity, and campus sexual misconduct reforms. During this time, enrollment, retention and fundraising soared, and the university experienced great cultural, community and financial transformation.
As a lifelong resident of New Orleans, Tetlow has served on a variety of nonprofit boards and city commissions. At the mayor’s request, she led a turnaround of the NOPD Sex Crimes Unit. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, she chaired the New Orleans Public Library board and raised $7 million to rebuild flooded branches. She was selected for the British American Project, a bilateral leadership organization, and later served as its U.S. chair.
“I have known Tania for a long time,” said Jesuit Father James C. Carter, president emeritus of the university. “She is a regular attendee at the Ignatius Chapel community Mass on Sunday and sings in the choir. She has an outstanding professional and academic reputation. She has also strong connections to Loyola and the Jesuit order. I have complete confidence that she will promote our Jesuit identity as well as any Jesuit could.”
According to her mother, Elisabeth Tetlow, Tania may be the only person actually born in a Jesuit community, the Marion Avenue community at Fordham University, composed of Jesuit and lay grad students. Her parents lived there before and after Tania's birth. She has an uncle who is a Jesuit, Fr. Joseph Tetlow, as well as a great-uncle Jesuit: the late P. Malcolm Mullen, SJ, who taught philosophy at Spring Hill College.
She spent years living with her parents at Jesuit institutions, including Woodstock College in New York, from which her mother was the only lay or female graduate, and Loyola University New Orleans, where both her parents taught and her uncle was dean.
This month is the 40th anniversary of the Tetlow family joining the Ignatius chapel community at Loyola New Orleans.
Tetlow starts her work with Loyola in September. [Source: Central and Southern Province Jesuits]