THE SIX HATS OF
RAY BAUMHART, S. J
Relatively few people are university presidents, as well as directors of major corporations. Few of these hold advanced degrees in philos-ophy, theology, and business administration. Fewer still are also nationally recognized commentators on business ethics. Of those, only a handful are civic leaders. And almost none are ordained priests.
Raymond C. Baumhart, S.J., is all six. He is:
• President of Loyola University of Chicago. Loyola's four campuses, 10 schools, and 15,000 students make it one ol the largest Catholic universi-ties in the world.
• A director, and chairman of the audit committee, of Jewel Compa-nies, Inc., a $3.7 billion food retailer, and a director of the Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Company, the largest bank in Chicago.
• A member of the executive committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, a 103-year-old institution whose 400 members constitute a who's who of Chicago industry, commerce, and finance.
• A scholar, author, and commentator who has received widespread recognition for his views on ethical behavior in the modern corporation.
On this sunny spring day, Father Baumhart has a schedule which will require him to wear most of his many hats, His work day begins as it will end, with a meeting.
For the first two hours, the stocky, silver-haired priest presides over a meeting of the President's Coordinating Council, which embraces Loyola's top academic and administrative officers. Comprised of acade-micians, business-types, and Jesuit priests, the council mixes boardroom jargon with an easy informality.
Detailed reports cover the trend in student enrollments ("gratifyingly up"), plans for receiving a visiting delegation of Jesuits ("I think we need to show them a broader profile of ourselves"), and student job place-ments ("Did I hear you say that he got an entry level spot at $23,000 on the strength of a bachelor's in computer sciences?").
Through it all. Father Baumhart spreads the conversational load and
Father Raymond Baumhart, the president of Loyola University of Chicago, crosses Loyola's Lake Shore campus.