Jesuit Father Kevin Quinn, recently named the next president of the University of Scranton, takes great pride in Jesuit education, which he said is motivated in the gospel messages of Jesus Christ through engaged, integrated and global means.
“It’s my contemporary spin on a tradition that’s 500 years old,” he said.
Fr. Quinn said he expects to find a balance between respecting Catholic beliefs and the need for intellectual exploration when it comes to hosting events and speakers at the university who may not share the same Catholic values.
One of his roles in his current position as executive director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University is to promote a Jesuit vision within the school’s faculty and staff. He said he plans to address the problem of the declining number of Jesuits and Catholic priests, especially on campus.
“The key is for our traditions to be carried on by our lay colleagues,” Quinn said, who succeeds Jesuit Father Scott Pilarz as president in July 2011.
Read more about Quinn in an article from the Scranton Times Tribune.