New Jesuit President Leads Regis University

Jesuit Father John P. FitzgibbonsRegis University in Denver, Colo., inaugurated a new president, Jesuit Father John P. Fitzgibbons, on September 24. Fr. Fitzgibbons began his term on June 1, succeeding Jesuit Father Michael Sheeran. Previously, Fr. Fitzgibbons served as associate provost for faculty development at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

“We’re doing for students what works in today’s world,” Fr. Fitzgibbons told the North Denver Tribune before his inauguration. “Building on the excellent work done by Fr. Sheeran, I look forward to ensuring that the enrollment, retention and promised academic excellence of Regis University continue in upward trajectories.”

In line with the university’s Jesuit heritage, Regis has a long tradition of service, and students participate in more than 50,000 hours of service- and community-based training each year, according to Fr. Fitzgibbons. He said that these campus ministry programs help students during their formative college years to realize their role as men and women doing for others.

“We continue to keep our Catholic emphasis while inviting diversity of other cultures and faiths,” said Fr. Fitzgibbons.

Fr. Fitzgibbons also talked about the need for a well-rounded education. “A liberal arts curriculum is important because we believe that the professionals need this kind of education to think critically, write extremely well and make good discernments,” he said.

“We try mightily on integrating the two [humanities and hard sciences],” said Fr. Fitzgibbons, adding that Regis focuses on drawing out the God-given talents of students and building on them.

The university is also focused on financial assistance. In past years, Regis has worked to fund education for first-generation college students, especially graduates from Arrupe Jesuit High School. “We doggedly work to make Regis affordable to students from all socio-economical backgrounds,” Fr.  Fitzgibbons said.

Read the full story at the North Denver Tribune.

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