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Fr. Scott R. Pilarz, SJ, to Serve Again as President of the University of Scranton

March 29, 2017 — Jesuit Father Scott R. Pilarz has been named the 26th president of the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. This marks a return for Fr. Pilarz to the role, as he previously served as the university’s 24th president. He will succeed Jesuit Father Kevin P. Quinn, whose term as president ends in June.

Fr. Pilarz called Scranton “a place that will always be my home, a place very close to my heart” in his 2015 undergraduate commencement address, when the university presented him with an honorary degree.

“The University of Scranton is a place I love and believe in deeply. There’s nothing in my mind more authentically Jesuit than the mission of the university and the way that mission is lived by the members of that community,” said Fr. Pilarz. “I am returning to a university positioned well for the future. I thank Fr. Quinn for the great care, vision and commitment he has given to the university we both cherish and have been privileged to serve.”

Fr. Pilarz currently serves as president of Georgetown Preparatory School in Washington, D.C. His accomplishments at Georgetown Prep include leading the community in a celebration of the 225th anniversary of its founding, guiding the development of a comprehensive strategic plan and working to secure the largest gift in the school’s history. Prior to that he served as president of Marquette University in Milwaukee from 2011 to 2013.

During his previous tenure at the University of Scranton from 2003 to 2011, Fr. Pilarz expanded international mission and service opportunities and programs to enhance the university’s Catholic and Jesuit identity.

Fr. Pilarz earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.; a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University in the Bronx, New York; and a master’s degree in divinity from the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He earned a Ph.D. in English at the City University of New York. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1981 and was ordained a priest in 1992. 

He has received numerous awards for teaching, service and scholarship, including the John Carroll Award from Georgetown University for lifetime achievement, the highest honor bestowed by the Georgetown University Alumni Association. [Source: University of Scranton]





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