Loyola High Appoints New Vice President for Mission

Loyola High School of Los Angeles, the oldest continually operated educational institution in Southern California, has promoted Ann Holmquist, EdD, to vice president for mission. Holmquist, the former assistant principal for ministry, will provide leadership in the design, development, implementation, evaluation, and coordination of programs and activities to sustain and promote the school’s Catholic identity, Ignatian heritage, and Jesuit mission. She will continue her work as the co-director of the Office of Adult Spirituality at Loyola.

“Though the entire Loyola community works together to advance the Ignatian mission of the school, Dr. Holmquist will now coordinate and direct those efforts on campus as well as at the local, archdiocesan, provincial, and national levels,” said Loyola High President Fr. Gregory M. Goethals, SJ. “This type of work was initiated at the Jesuit university level and is now being pioneered at Jesuit high schools across the country. Lay leadership is pivotal in this rapidly changing world. Given her distinguished career and tenure at Loyola, Dr. Holmquist brings a depth of experience to the new role as she continues to articulate and act on the vision and philosophy of Jesuit education that forms ‘Men and Women for and with Others.’  Dr. Holmquist’s role will be essential for the 21st century Loyola.”

In her new position, Holmquist will work closely with the president, the principal, the board of directors, the new Mission Advisory Council, the faculty, staff, parents, and alumni. She will report directly to the president and sit on the President’s Cabinet.

“It is a true honor to partner with Fr. Goethals to help animate Loyola’s Jesuit mission and support its Catholic identity as well as to help preserve its heritage and values,” said Holmquist. “I look forward to this next step as we respond to the sign of the times to educate persons of competence, conscience, and compassion, who are committed to working for the freedom and dignity of all peoples. And, as members of the Loyola community, they are willing to do so in cooperation with others equally dedicated to the reform of society.”

Fr. Goethals added, “Dr. Holmquist’s new position is an exciting reaffirmation of how Jesuit thinking and teaching evolves to better serve our fellow Catholics and the world at large.

“Though there are fewer Jesuits at Loyola today than there have been in the past – which is a reflection of the changing demographics of our new Jesuits West Province – the Ignatian philosophy, charism, and passion are very much alive and healthy in all that we do and all that we are. In every one of our Jesuit institutions, from schools to parishes to retreat houses, the leadership for that formation is shared with our lay partners in mission. With her background and her own formation in our Ignatian charism, Dr. Holmquist is uniquely qualified to take on this essential work here at Loyola. I know that under her strong leadership, formational guidance, passion for education, and a faith that does justice, our Jesuit identity and mission will only grow stronger in the years to come.”

As the first female assistant principal of Loyola High School and part of the academic administrative team, Holmquist has been responsible for the ongoing Ignatian formation of 180 employees and the Board of Directors. In her role as an assistant principal and co-director of adult spirituality, she oversaw directors, associates, program coordinators, and volunteers in Campus Ministry, Community Service, Adult Spirituality, and the Coalition for Justice and Peace. Concurrently, Holmquist was an adjunct lecturer at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Education and theology department as well as an adjunct leadership team member for the Jesuit Schools Network.

Holmquist holds a doctorate of education in educational leadership and social justice, a master’s of arts in theology and a bachelor of arts in theological studies from Loyola Marymount University.

Celebrating its 152th anniversary as the oldest continually operated educational institution in Southern California, Loyola High School of Los Angeles is an academically rigorous Jesuit college preparatory, located just west of downtown Los Angeles and counts more than 14,000 alumni. One hundred percent of Loyola graduates go on to college or university. Loyola's student body of nearly 1,250 young men represents a remarkable geographic diversity, drawing from more than 220 zip codes from throughout and beyond Los Angeles County. The school is also ethnically diverse with 46 percent of the student body of Latino, Asian-Pacific or African-American descent. To enable students to achieve the goal of being "Men for and with Others," Loyola students must complete at least 138 hours of community service work before graduation, with many contributing nearly 200 hours. Over the past two decades, Loyola students have donated more than 1.7 million hours of community service, primarily to inner-city schools, neighborhoods, and agencies.

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