In the wake of the tumultuous 1960s and early 1970s, Fr. James Carter, S.J., became president of Loyola in 1974 and ushered in a 21-year period of stable leadership, holding the office longer than any other president in the history of the university. During Carter's tenure, Loyola shifted toward greater involvement of laity, who came to constitute the majority of Loyola's Board of Trustees. Laypersons, many of them non-Catholic, eventually held all of the top administrative positions of the university with the exception of the presidency. At the same time, Loyola's Jesuit identity and values were reaffirmed. The physical expansion of the campus continued, and enrollment increased steadily.

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