James Loftus, a vice president at St. Ambrose University, announced today he will become president at Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, Wis., this summer.

“To make the decision to leave St. Ambrose was unbelievably difficult,” said Loftus. “Although it will be hard to leave this fine institution and the people with whom I have worked over the past 21 years, I am honored and excited at the prospect of leading Cardinal Stritch as its president.”

Sister Joan Lescinski, president of St. Ambrose University, said, “Dr. Loftus will bring leadership, passion and significant experience to his new position as a university president.”

For the past 12 years, Loftus has served as vice president for enrollment management and student services. He has been with St. Ambrose since 1990, initially filling the roles of assistant dean of continuing education, director of the master of pastoral studies program and director of professional development. In  1995, he was made director of the newly established ACCEL program. In 1998, Loftus was promoted to vice president for enrollment management and in 2002 assumed oversight responsibility for student services.

Under his leadership as vice president for enrollment management, St. Ambrose experienced a 44 percent increase in undergraduate enrollment. He also was instrumental in creating the academic programming, services and infrastructure to support enrollment success.

Loftus earned his bachelor of arts in psychology and master of business administration degrees from the University of Notre Dame in 1981 and 1990 and a doctor of philosophy degree in planning, policy and leadership studies from the University of Iowa in 1998.

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