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The University of Scranton has announced the establishment of The Jesuit Center to assist in keeping its Catholic and Jesuit character at the core of its operation. The University also announced the appointment of former Trustee, Jesuit Father Ryan J. Maher, as the founding executive director of The Jesuit Center, effective July 1, 2012. Fr. Maher currently serves as associate dean of Georgetown College, the undergraduate school of arts and sciences at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
The Jesuit Center will foster faculty and staff participation in the Jesuit higher educational mission, support faculty teaching and scholarship that advances the University’s Catholic and Jesuit character, and promote Ignatian spirituality within an interreligious context.
“The establishment of The Jesuit Center at The University of Scranton was a personal priority because our Catholic and Jesuit mission and identity is central to all that we do,” said Jesuit Father Kevin P. Quinn, University president. “Because I have so many hopes for the role that the center will play in the life of our community, I am delighted that Father Maher has agreed to join us. He is an accomplished professor and administrator and an articulate champion for the collaborative role that faculty and staff must play in maintaining the vitality of our mission.”
The executive director of The Jesuit Center will report to Jesuit Father Richard G. Malloy, Vice President for University mission and ministry, and will serve on the President’s Cabinet.
In addition to serving as associate dean, Maher is a professorial lecturer in theology and Catholic studies at Georgetown University. He previously served as the director of Catholic studies and was the founding faculty member of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service campus in Doha, Qatar. In the Middle East, he taught theology to the school’s predominantly Muslim student body.
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.
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.