C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J., Assumes Presidency of SJU

SJU Alumnus Returns as 27th President of His Alma Mater

Monday, July 2, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (July 2, 2012) – C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J., today assumed the presidency of Saint Joseph’s University. A Saint Joseph’s alumnus (’72), he returns to his alma mater after serving as associate provost for University Centers of Excellence at Loyola University Chicago.

“He is the right Jesuit to lead Saint Joseph’s forward and into the future at a time of great momentum for the University,” said Robert Falese ’69, chairman of Saint Joseph’s Board of Trustees, in announcing his appointment last November. “He is an accomplished, and acclaimed, scholar with a commitment to academic excellence and a fervent dedication to advancing his alma mater and Catholic, Jesuit education in the region and indeed around the globe.”

After earning his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Saint Joseph’s College in 1972, Fr. Gillespie went on to earn master’s degrees in psychology from Duquesne University and in divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley. He holds a Ph.D. in pastoral psychology from Boston University.

As associate provost at Loyola University Chicago, he led five academic centers and, for the past year, simultaneously served as interim dean of the School of Social Work, managing a successful transition to a new permanent dean.

Prior to that (1996-2010), he served as the first director of the master’s program in Spiritual and Pastoral Care and founded LOGOS (Loyola Overseas Gestures of Solidarity) at Loyola College in Maryland. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1975. He has served on the Board of Saint Joseph’s since 2006.

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