Rev. Edward B. “Ted” Arroyo, S.J.
As Rector of the Spring Hill Jesuit community, Rev. Edward B. “Ted” Arroyo, SJ also serves on the college’s Board of Trustees ex officio. A New Orleans native and graduate of Jesuit High School there, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1961. His studies as a Jesuit led to a Bachelor’s degree in sociology and philosophy from Spring Hill in 1967 and the Ph. D. in sociology from Duke University (1973). He taught sociology at Spring Hill in 1971-72 while completing his doctoral dissertation. He then completed his theological studies (M. Div. and S.T.M) at Woodstock College / Union Theological Seminary in New York City and was ordained a priest in 1975.Then he served in the sociology department at Loyola University New Orleans and as superior of the Jesuit formation program there until 1984, after which he spent a year working on the Jesuit mission in Paraguay. Returning to the United States in 1985, he served on the Jesuit province staff as assistant for social and international ministries, as rector of the Jesuit community at Loyola University and then as provincial superior of the New Orleans Province, Society of Jesus (1990-1996). After a sabbatical year, he joined Loyola’s Twomey Center for Peace through Justice as editor of the monthly Blueprint for Social Justice (1997-2004) while also directing the Ethics in Public Policy program at Georgetown University’s Woodstock Theological Center, publishing The Ethics of Lobbying: Organized Interests, Political Power and the Common Good in 2002. From 2004-2007 he served as Associate Academic Dean at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA and then became the founding director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute (JSRI) at Loyola University. When called to Spring Hill as rector in 2009, he joined the college’s campus ministry staff and Board of Trustees, while continuing to work with JSRI as Alabama Research Associate.His Spring Hill roots go way back, as his great grandfather, Oscar Arroyo, is listed among our pre-1840 alumni. His current research interests include poverty, racism and migration issues in the Gulf South region. He also serves on the Jesuit Conference’s national consultation on inner-city populations.His most recent publication is Contemplating the Katrina Whirlwind: From “Apocalypse Now” to Solidarity for the Common Good. He serves on the Marketing, Communication and Public Relations and Enrollment and Retention committees of the Spring Hill board. As part of Spring Hill’s Campus Ministry staff, Fr. Arroyo is involved in campus liturgies and programs dealing with immersion programs and Christian social responsibility. He is an avid biker, so watch out as you see him zooming around the campus, as well as other parts of Mobile!