John J. LoSchiavo, S.J.

I am a native San Franciscan, born on February 25, 1925. My parents Joseph and Anne LoSchiavo, also had two daughters, Lina and Josephine. I graduated from Star of the Sea Grammar School and St. Ignatius College Preparatory before entering the Society of Jesus in 1942. I received my B.A. and Masters Degrees in Philosophy from Gonzaga University and my S.T.L. in Theology from Alma College.

I am presently Chancellor of U.S.F. I was President of the University from January of 1977 to June of 1991. I served the University in other capacities over the years:

  • As a trustee from 1964 to 1968 and again from 1969 to 1991
  • As Chairman of the board of trustees from 1970 to 1973
  • As Vice President for Student Affairs from 1966 to 1968
  • As Dean of Students from 1962 to 1966

I also taught Philosophy from 1950 to 1952, and again from 1956-57. In 1961-62 I taught Theology.

During my years as President I successfully completed two capital campaigns. The first enabled the University to purchase Lone Mountain campus, formerly the San Francisco College for Women and to add a wing to Kendrick Hall. The second made it possible to carry out the university's first major building project on the campus since the 1960s with the construction of the Koret Health and Recreation Center. During my presidency the University endowment increased tenfold from $4,500,000 to $45,000,000. The College of Professional Studies, the Center for the Pacific Rim Studies, the Hospitality Management and Telecommunication Programs were instituted as well as new programs in the schools of business, law and nursing.

I have also been an administrator on the secondary level:

  • As President of Bellarmine College Preparatory from 1968 to 1975
  • As Vice Principal at Brophy College Preparatory from 1958 to 1961

During all these years I have served on boards of directors on the state and national level and presently serve on the board of trustees of the Kalmanowitz Charitable Foundation. In 1994 the Commission on Archdiocesan Pastoral Planning asked me to serve as chairman of the task force for restructuring the archdiocese. Along with my duties as Chancellor of the University, I also serve as chair of the honorary board of USF's Center for Child and Family Development.

I received honorary doctoral degrees from Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea, and the University of San Francisco. I was declared Man of the Year by San Francisco Forward in 1979, and by Il Cenacolo in 1989. I received the Torch of Liberty Award from the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, and was honored by the United American Hebrew Congregations with the Unity Medal Award. In 2000 I received the Koret Foundation prize for my contributions to higher education.

I am an avid golfer and swim regularly in the Koret Health and Recreation Center.