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William J. Byron, S.J., is University Professor of Business and Society at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He was president of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia from 2006 to 2008. He took a leave from his position as research professor at the Sellinger School of Business and Management, Loyola College in Maryland to serve as interim president of Loyola University New Orleans in academic year 2003-04. From August, 2000 until June, 2003, he was pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, DC. From 1982-1992, he was president of The Catholic University of America.
He holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland, two theology degrees from Woodstock College, a bachelor’s in philosophy and master’s in economics from Saint Louis University, and a certificate in educational management from Harvard. He was the 1999 recipient of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities’ Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for his contributions over the years to the advancement of Catholic higher education. In that same year he received the Council of Independent Colleges’ Academic Leadership Award. He holds 30 honorary degrees.
Father Byron writes a syndicated bi-weekly column (“Looking Around”) for Catholic News Service Syndicate. He is the author of numerous books including: Faith-Based Reflections on American Life (Paulist 2010); One Faith, Many Faithful: Short Takes on Contemporary Catholic Concerns (Paulist 2012), and The Word Received (2012) and The Word Proclaimed (2013) homilies for Sundays in Years C and A (Paulist Press).