The Rev. William J. Byron, S.J., will bless the start of the 2012-2013 academic year at Mercyhurst University as the lead celebrant at the university’s traditional Mass of the Holy Spirit on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 11:10 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel.
Father Byron is 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. Prior to that time, he served as research professor at the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola College in Maryland, interim president of Loyola University New Orleans, pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Ethics at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, rector of the Georgetown Jesuit Community, president of The Catholic University of America, president of the University of Scranton, dean of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University of New Orleans and various teaching positions in his field of economics and social ethics.
Father Byron writes a syndicated bi-weekly column (“Looking Around”) for Catholic News Service Syndicate. He is the author of many books, among them Jesuit Saturdays: Sharing the Ignatian Spirit with Lay Colleagues and Friends.
Father Byron holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland, two theology degrees from Woodstock College, a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a 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 to the advancement of Catholic higher education. In that same year Father Byron received the Council of Independent Colleges’ Academic Leadership Award. He holds 30 honorary degrees.
He is a native of Pittsburgh.