''The applicants are from all over the country. They represent a wide variety of skill sets. Many of the applicants were educated, work, or worked in, Jesuit institutions, Helm said. ''We had some alumni apply for the position as well.
Chairwoman Margaret Helm said the search committee will interview seven people in
Pittsburgh Oct. 12-13.
As part of the process, all Jesuit colleges and universities and all Jesuit provincials were contacted to let them know of the search at the local university, she added.
Wheeling Jesuit's all-Jesuit Board of Trustees announced a change of leadership at the university on Aug. 6, resulting in the removal of former President Julio Giulietti, S.J. At that time, Vice President of Sponsored Programs J. Davitt McAteer accepted the role of interim president of the university until a permanent replacement could be found.
''Our committee is very impressed by the credentials of all applicants. While we received no applications from Jesuits, we did receive applications from other religious.
We are confident that we will locate an applicant who will stay true to the Jesuit tradition of women and men for others, she added, stressing that the Jesuit identity is a fundamental priority for the search.
Helm herself is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit, class of 1984, and a resident of Maryland.
The committee is now preparing for the next step in the interview process, as seven applicants will advance to personal interviews to be held in Pittsburgh on Oct. 12-13. The interview team involved includes the entire search committee of five board members, a member of the community, two faculty members, the student body president and Jesuit consultant/search committee facilitator Tom Scheye.
Scheye is from Baltimore, Md., and has recently been involved in executive searches at Xavier University, McPherson College in Kansas and Georgetown Prep.
From this Pittsburgh interview process, the committee plans to advance three candidates for campus visits and further interviews.