Sunday, October 11, 2009

Search Is On For Wheeling Jesuit University President

The Wheeling Jesuit University Search Committee has received 35 applications for the position of university president, according to Margaret "Mimie" Helm, chair of the Presidential Search Committee and vice chair of the Wheeling Jesuit Board of Directors.

''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.

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Matthew said...

According to today, the search committee has suspended the search. Had it down to two candidates for interviews and now it's all off. Something does not seem right. Maybe the candidates saw the potential land mine they could be walking into??

Anonymous said...

What land mine is that? Lawsuits? Potential reinstatement? Financial issues? Outsiders are curious how they go from 2 candidates to stopping the search for now.