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Loyola University Maryland Board of Trustees records

Identifier: LUMD-001-001

Scope and Contents

The Loyola University Maryland Board of Trustees records reflect the activities of the Board from Loyola's founding in 1853 though 2014. The records include meeting minutes and packets; Board committee materials; strategic planning information; by-laws, rules, and conflict of interest policies; biographical information about trustees; accreditation information; and materials related to the merger with Mount Saint Agnes College and the building of Loyola Notre Dame Library.


  • Creation: 1853-2014

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is located at the Loyola Notre Dame Library. Contact Archives and Special Collections for more information.

All collections are closed except to office of origin or original owner until processed. The Loyola University Maryland Board of Trustees records are closed for 70 years from date of creation, except for personnel-related records and any records restricted by law or otherwise classified as confidential by the university.

Conditions Governing Use

The Loyola University Maryland Board of Trustees records are the physical property of the Archives and Special Collections, Loyola Notre Dame Library. Copyright, except in cases where material has passed into the public domain, belongs to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.

Biographical / Historical

Loyola College first opened its doors on September 15, 1852, under a group of nine Jesuits, headed by Father John Early. The Maryland Legislature granted a charter to the college in April 1853. There is no clear indication from the historical record concerning the formation of a board of trustees; Nicholas Varga’s history of the college mentions that the full text of the act of incorporation was accepted by the trustees on May 1, 1853, so evidently the Board existed from the college’s earliest days. On April 30, 1959, the bylaws of the college were modified; a distinction was made between “members of the corporation” and the trustees. Only the former were successors to the “six incorporators” of Loyola College. They retained title to all corporate assets and met once a year, principally to “elect members of the Board of Trustees, who are responsible for the management of the college’s property and business.” A further change occurred in 1964, when “management of the property and business of the college was transferred from an all-Jesuit Board of Trustees to one on which a majority of the members are lay people.” Loyola College catalogues from the 1960s list both a nine-member all-Jesuit Board of Trustees and a 22-member President’s Board of lay persons.

In 2018, according to the Loyola University website, the Board of Trustees is composed of 27 members, including the university president ex officio, and has lay, Jesuit, and one Sister of Mercy member. As of 2018, the Chair of the Board of Trustees is James D. Forbes and the Vice Chair is Anthony Day. According to the Bylaws under General Powers, “The property and business of the Corporation shall be managed by the Board of Trustees of the University.” Besides the Chairman and Vice Chair there are listed in the bylaws 12 Standing Committees, each with its own Chair. In addition, there is an Executive Committee consisting of the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and the Treasurer of the Board, and the Chairs of the Standing Committees. The President services ex officio.

Sources: Varga, Nicholas. Baltimore’s Loyola, Loyola’s Baltimore, 1851-1986. Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1989.

“Board of Trustees.” Office of the President, Loyola University Maryland, Website accessed 2018 September 26.


21.82 Cubic Feet (16 records center boxes, 2 flat boxes)

Language of Materials



The Loyola University Maryland Board of Trustees records reflect the activities of the Board from Loyola's founding in 1853 though 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Records in this collection were transferred to the Archives from the Board of Trustees of Loyola University Maryland.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2015 by Elizabeth Ungemach.

Guide to the Loyola University Maryland Board of Trustees records
Elizabeth Ungemach
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Loyola University Maryland Archives Repository

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