May 8, 2020 — Fr. Dorian Llywelyn, SJ, has been appointed as the second president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies (IACS) at the University of Southern California. Fr. Llywelyn, who currently serves as the executive director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University, will begin his new duties at the end of July. He will succeed Fr. James L. Heft, S.M.
Fr. Llywelyn speaks eight languages, has published in multiple journals and brings to the Institute a unique range of scholarly and international experiences.
At Santa Clara's Ignatian Center, which he joined in 2016, Fr. Llywelyn has led a strategic planning process, strengthened its board, built its endowment and hosted innovative interdisciplinary projects.
Before his appointment at Santa Clara, Fr. Llywelyn taught systematic theology at Heythrop College at the University of London and served for 13 years in the department of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he was also the first director of the Huffington Ecumenical Institute. He has also held visiting chairs at Marquette University in Milwaukee and Seattle University.
Fr. Llywelyn received a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Wales; a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology; a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca in Spain; and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Cambridge. [Source: IACS]