William J. Byron, S.J. Ph.D., is the University Professor at Saint Joseph's University. He is past president of The Catholic University of America and the University of Scranton, and served as interim president of Loyola University in New Orleans in the academic year 2003-2004.
Earlier assignments include service as pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, DC and professor of the practice of ethics in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, where he also held the position of rector of the Georgetown Jesuit Community.
A native of Pittsburgh, Father Byron grew up in Philadelphia, where he attended St. Joseph's Preparatory School. After service in the army's 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment in 1945-46, he attended Saint Joseph''s University in Philadelphia for three years before entering the Jesuit order in 1950. He was ordained a priest in 1961.
He holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland, two theology degrees from Woodstock College, a bachelor's degree, licentiate in philosophy and a master's degree in economics from Saint Louis University.
He was the 1999 recipient of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities' Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for his...