Office of the President

Dr. James P. Loftus became president of Cardinal Stritch University in July 2011.


Dr. Loftus is a lifelong supporter of Catholic education who deeply believes in the quality of the Stritch faculty and staff, the enthusiasm of its students and the commitment of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi to the University’s core values.

He has significant experience with the university environment, focusing specifically on student recruitment, campus organization and institutional development. He has more than 20 years of higher education experience in leadership, strategic planning, marketing, admissions, orientation, financial aid, academic program development, non-traditional and accelerated programs.

In his time at Stritch, Dr. Loftus has guided the University through a comprehensive Visioning and Planning process that created five strategic goals for the long term-growth of the 76-year-old institution. During his tenure thus far, Dr. Loftus greatly expanded the overall vibrancy of the student experience by creating eight new athletics teams for the 2013-2014 academic year: men’s track and field, women’s track and field, men’s bowling, women’s bowling, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s golf and women’s golf.

In addition, he oversaw the restructuring of several University offices into a new Student Success Center, which began operation in fall 2013. The center brings together student experience, mission engagement, student support, and academic and career advising, allowing for increased efficiencies, better synergy between and among student service units, and enhanced service. 

Utilizing his extensive experience in enrollment management and marketing, he presided over a thorough analysis and subsequent redevelopment of the Stritch brand identity, which included a new rose window logo unveiled in October 2012 during the University's 75th anniversary celebration. 

Prior to Stritch, he had served as vice president of enrollment management and student services with St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. In that position, he oversaw the areas of admissions, financial aid, retention, student services, security, communications and marketing and records and registration. 

Dr. Loftus consults for Noel-Levitz, a firm that works with institutions on areas related to student marketing and recruitment at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He works as a consultant-evaluator with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges in Chicago. He has worked as a Catholic high school teacher in suburban Chicago, studied in the seminary and worked in a volunteer corps, Holy Cross Associates.

He holds a doctorate in planning, policy and leadership studies from the College of Education at the University of Iowa; an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the advisory council for the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Knights of Columbus. He is a past member of the executive board of the National Catholic College Admission Association.

Dr. Loftus and his wife, Irene, an attorney and the former chancellor of the Diocese of Davenport, are the parents of four daughters – Bridget, Kathleen, Molly, and Claire. Dr. Loftus once rode his bike across the country and has run two marathons. He enjoys golf, mystery novels, time with his family, and traveling.