Recognized leaders join board of trustees

December 04, 2019

Detroit Mercy is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael J. Brenner ’67, Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., and Rev. Theodore Munz, S.J., ’67, ’68 to the University’s board of trustees.

Antoine M. Garibaldi, president of Detroit Mercy, said he believes the experience and expertise that Brenner, Fr. Linnane and Fr. Munz bring to the board will further enhance the University’s regional and national reputation.

“The management and accounting experience of Michael Brenner, as well as Rev. Linnane and Munz’s presidential leadership at Loyola University and University of Detroit Jesuit High School & Academy, respectively, will significantly enhance the strategic direction of Detroit Mercy,” Garibaldi said. “We are very honored that they have agreed to share their time and talents with our University.”

New Trustees

Michael Brenner

Michael Brenner poses for a photoMichael J. Brenner is the former chief financial officer and executive vice president of Related Companies, which developed, managed and invested in residential, commercial, office and mixed-use projects across the United States. Prior to his work with Related Companies, he spent nearly 20 years moving through the ranks of PricewaterhouseCoopers to the position of managing partner of the Industry Programs and Client Satisfaction Initiatives.

Brenner is known for his community work and for sharing his financial expertise with organizations such as St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center, the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce, the Detroit Urban League, the Greater Detroit Windsor Japan America Society and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, among other organizations.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from University of Detroit and an MBA from the University of Michigan. In 2017, Detroit Mercy honored him with the Alumni Achievement Spirit Award.

Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.

Rev. Brian Linnane poses for a photoRev. Linnane of the Society of Jesus has served as the 24th president of Loyola University Maryland since his inauguration in July 2005.

During his presidency, he has overseen the completion of the $100-million Bright Minds, Bold Hearts campaign, the opening of the Ridley Athletic Complex, the designation change to Loyola University Maryland and the transition to the Patriot League. Under his leadership, Loyola has experienced increased diversity, equity and inclusion among the campus community. Fr. Linnane also inspired the vision for Messina, Loyola's distinctive interdisciplinary living and learning program for first-year students.

A native of Massachusetts, Fr. Linnane earned an A.B. degree, magna cum laude, from Boston College, an M.A. from Georgetown University and a master’s degree and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University at Berkeley. He also has master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies concentrating in religious ethics from Yale University. He received an honorary doctorate from Loyola in 2015.

Prior to joining Loyola as its president, Fr. Linnane served on the University's Board of Trustees beginning in 2000. He formerly served at a sister Jesuit institution, the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., as assistant dean and associate professor of Religious Studies.

Fr. Linnane's extensive scholarly publications focus on the disciplines of fundamental moral theology, healthcare ethics and virtue ethics. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Marquette University, the Institute of Christian and Jewish Studies and is chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

Rev. Theodore Munz, S.J.

Rev. Theodore Munz poses for a photoRev. Munz, S.J., was appointed President of University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy in 2016, succeeding current trustee, Rev. Karl Kiser, S.J. Prior to that, Fr. Munz was the team leader for the founding of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago from 1994-96 and president of Loyola Academy in suburban Chicago from 1996-2009. He also served as treasurer of the Midwest Jesuits.

Born and raised in the Cincinnati area, Fr. Munz attended St. Xavier High School, also a Jesuit school. He is an alumnus of University of Detroit where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. He holds a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago and graduate degrees in Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University at Berkeley.