Fr. Michael J. Garanzini, SJ, Secretary for Higher Education for the Society of Jesus and chancellor of Loyola University Chicago, is a delegate for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36. Before becoming chancellor at Loyola, Fr. Garanzini served as president for 14 years, from 2001 to 2015. Prior to leading Loyola, Fr. Garanzini was a professor of psychology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and before joining Georgetown, he was a visiting professor at Fordham University in New York.
A St. Louis native, he received his bachelor’s in psychology from Saint Louis University in 1971, the same year he entered the Society of Jesus. He received a doctorate in psychology and religion from the Graduate Theological Union/University of California, Berkeley, in 1986. In 1988, he returned to Saint Louis University as an associate professor of counseling and family therapy. He then served as assistant academic vice president from 1992 to 1994. He was appointed academic vice president in 1994, a post he held until 1998.