In a formal ceremony that included more than 1,800 guests, Jesuit Father Kevin Quinn was recently inaugurated as the new president of the University of Scranton.
“The University of Scranton, a Jesuit university, can and should excel in providing its students an education that is engaged, integrated and global,” Fr. Quinn said during his address. “We can do something special here. Of that I am very certain.”
Quinn, who was most recently executive director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education and a professor of law at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif., assumed the post in July.
Among attendees were college presidents and other delegates from 75 universities, and three former University of Scranton presidents: Jesuit William Byron, who served from 1975 to 1982 and is now a business professor at St. Joseph’s University; Jesuit Father Joseph McShane, who served from 1998 to 2003 and is now president of Fordham University; Jesuit Father Scott Pilarz, who served from 2003 until this summer and is now president of Marquette University.
Jesuit Father James Shea, provincial of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, charged Quinn to shepherd the mission of Jesuit education. Fr. Quinn was then presented with the charter, presidential medallion and university mace.
In his address, he said providing greater opportunity for international study, increasing diversity on campus and expanding multicultural experiences would help students think globally.
“To deliver a transformative education in the Jesuit tradition … requires the integration of academic, moral and spiritual learning – the union of mind, heart and soul,” he said.