William J. Byron, S.J.
A native of Pittsburgh, Father Byron grew up in Philadelphia, where he attended Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School. After serving in the Army’s 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment in 1945-46, he attended Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia for three years before entering the Jesuit order in 1950. He was ordained a priest
The Reverend William J. Byron, S.J., is currently University Professor of Business and Society at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He was president of Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia from 2006 to 2008 and served as interim president of Loyola University New Orleans in academic year 2003-04. From August 2000 until June 2003, he was pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. He held an appointment as Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Ethics and served as rector of the Georgetown Jesuit Community from 1992 to 2000. Father Byron was president of The Catholic University of America from 1982 to 1992. From 1975 to 1982, he was President of the University of Scranton.
Father Byron writes a syndicated bi-weekly column, “Looking Around,” for Catholic News Service and has authored a number of books. He holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland, two theology degrees from Woodstock College, a bachelor’s in philosophy and master’s in economics from Saint Louis University, and a certificate in educational management from Harvard University.