The Rev. James C. Carter, S.J. is President Emeritus, following his service as the longest tenured president of Loyola University New Orleans, serving for over 21 years. His career at Loyola spans more than 45 years and he is recognized as a theologian, scientist, and civic leader. Fr. Carter received his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America. He also holds a B.A. in physics from Spring Hill College, a M.A. from Fordham University and a S.T.L. from Woodstock College. His field of research is nuclear and elementary particle theories. He has published many articles in the fields of nuclear physics and in theology.
Fr. Carter came to Loyola first as a student in 1944. He returned in 1960 to teach physics. He was appointed provost and academic vice president in 1970 and in 1974, was named the fourteenth president of Loyola University. Upon his retirement, on August 1, 1995, he was named chancellor. Fr. Carter was appointed pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in 2001, but soon returned to Loyola. To this day, he continues to teach a course on science and religion at Loyola, one of the most popular courses at the university.