Said About the Appointment of Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., as the Next President of The University of Scranton

March 22, 2017

“Father Pilarz is a respected Jesuit educator and administrator who will serve The University of Scranton well, as evidenced by his long career in higher education and particularly by his previous tenure as the University’s president. The University of Scranton is an outstanding Catholic institution of higher learning that educates and forms young men and women as responsible citizens infused with a spirit of service. The University also enhances the quality of life in our region and contributes to the growth and vitality of our Church. I am confident that its noble heritage will continue to grow and flourish under Father Pilarz’s leadership. I look forward to collaborating with him in the same spirit of cooperation that I enjoyed during his prior tenure.”
The Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of the Diocese of Scranton


“Father Pilarz’s love for The University of Scranton and his steadfast commitment to Jesuit education is well known. He is highly regarded as an outstanding teacher, scholar and visionary leader who is beloved by students. We are fortunate to have him back at Scranton,”
Lawrence R. Lynch, chair of The University of Scranton’s Board of Trustees


“As a scholar, Father Pilarz’s expertise – and passion – is medieval and Renaissance literature with a special emphasis on Robert Southwell, S.J., about whom he has written a book. He conveyed his love for literature and poetry throughout campus through quotes of wisdom and inspiration.”
Michael Glinsky, vice chair, of The University of Scranton’s Board of Trustees


“I am reminded of Scott’s love for Scranton every time I enter this building and see etched above the door a quote from one of his favorite Jesuit poets … The quote from Saint Robert Southwell reads: “Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live.” The words live on in each of us who love this great University. They also live on in Scott Pilarz.”
Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., president of The University of Scranton


“I am grateful to the Board of Trustees for the selection of Father Pilarz as the next president of The University of Scranton and will be pleased to mission him to this position in the name of the Society of Jesus. I have great confidence in Father Pilarz’s ability to lead the Jesuit and Catholic mission of the University.”
Very Rev. Robert Hussey, S.J., Provincial of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus


“A couple of years ago when the University was so kind to give me an honorary degree, I quoted Bon Jovi and the title of his song “Who said you can’t go home.” I did not know at the time how prophetic those words would be. I am very, very happy to be home.”
Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., president-elect of The University of Scranton


“This time around I want a different focus, I want to focus on academic excellence. I want to focus on affordability. I want to focus on the quality of the student experience. And I want very much to work with the faculty to support their sacred efforts to shape minds and hearts.”
Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., president-elect of The University of Scranton


“I am deeply grateful to God, and to all of you for the opportunity to once again breath and live where I love.”
Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., president-elect of The University of Scranton

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