George W. Bur, S.J., Named President of St. Joseph's Prep

Monday, April 21, 2008

Fr. George W. Bur, S.J., will leave the University on May 31, 2008 to become the 31st president of St. Joseph's Preparatory School.

Since coming to Saint Joseph's University in 2003, Fr. Bur has served as special assistant to the President and Rector of the Jesuit Community. In a message to the University community, SJU President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., lauded Bur's invaluable service during his tenure here.

"It was Fr. Bur's vision and leadership that created the Ignatian College Connection, a program that has aimed to make a college education a reality for inner city students of color. In the three years since its founding, the ICC has helped 28 students enroll at Saint Joseph's and raised over $2 million for students in need.

"His commitment to Jesuit education, and to making that education accessible to students for whom it would otherwise not be a possibility, has been an inspiration to all of us who have been fortunate to know and work with Fr. Bur," he said.

"I am very grateful for the five years I spent at Saint Joseph's University and with the Jesuits at the University," Fr. Bur said. "The support I received from Fr. Lannon and so many competent and generous staff and faculty was beyond all expectations.

"I came to SJU at an auspicious moment: the University had a new president, and an undefeated basketball team. It's been a time of great energy in renewal of mission, in renewal of facility, in renewal among a diverse faculty and student body."

When he assumes the presidency at St. Joseph's Prep, it will be a homecoming for Fr. Bur, who is a 1959 graduate of the Prep and also served for nearly 20 years at the Gesu School, the elementary school adjacent to St. Joseph's Prep, overseeing its transition from an Archdiocesan School to an independent Jesuit institution.

The Provincial of the Maryland Province, Fr. Timothy B. Brown, S.J., has appointed Fr. Patrick H. Samway, S.J., to serve as interim Rector of the Jesuit Community, effective June 1.

--Harriet Goodheart

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