SOE Doctoral Graduate Appointed President of ITESO Jesuit University of Guadalajara


Fr. Luis Arriaga Valenzuela, SJ, Ed.D. ’16, poses with Antonia Darder, Educational Leadership professor and Leavey Presidential Chair of Ethics and Moral Leadership, at the Inauguration Ceremony on Oct. 2, 2018.

Fr. Luis Arriaga Valenzuela, SJ, Ed.D. ’16, a recent graduate of the Loyola Marymount University School of Education doctoral program in educational leadership for social justice, has been appointed president of ITESO Jesuit University of Guadalajara. Fr. Arriaga was inaugurated October 2, 2018 for a four-year term.

A Jesuit priest licensed as an attorney at law in Mexico with master’s degrees in social philosophy and international law along with his SOE doctorate, Fr. Arriaga has spent more than two decades defending and promoting human rights through his leadership in organizations in Guadalajara, Mexico, and the U.S., including the Center of Reflection and Action of Labor, Cultural and Educational Standards in Guadalajara; the Ignatius Loyola Migrant and Refugee Association in Chiapas; the Legal Rights Center for the Indigenous in Chiapas; the Center for Justice and International Law in Washington, DC; and the Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center in Mexico City.

In addition to his human rights activism, Fr. Arriaga has a strong record of scholarship. He has taught and studied human rights at the University of Santa Clara School of Law, was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford Law School’s Human Rights Center, and served as a lecturer and member of the International Human Rights Clinic at Loyola Law School. He also served as a professor at ITESO, the university he now leads.

“Our doctoral program strives to provide aspiring leaders with the tools, theories and experiences that will enable them to transform educational settings into inclusive and equitable learning environments,” says Mary K. McCullough, interim dean of the LMU School of Education. “We are honored that Fr. Arriaga chose LMU and proud that he is now putting his education into practice in this prestigious position of leadership in higher education.”