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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011

Dean Searches

I am pleased to announce that a search committee for the next dean of the Jesuit School of Theology has been constituted. I thank the following members of the committee for their generosity in serving on behalf of the School and the University:

  • Thomas Bertelsen, Jr. (search committee chair and Chair, JST Board of Directors)
  • Maureen Beckman (Assistant Dean, JST-SCU)
  • Eduardo Fernández, S.J. (Associate Professor, JST-SCU)
  • Kristin Heyer (Associate Professor, SCU)
  • Bruce Lescher (Associate Academic Dean, JST-SCU)
  • Paul Lickteig, S.J. (Student, JST-SCU)
  • William O’Neill, S.J. (Associate Professor, JST-SCU)
  • Gina Hens-Piazza (Professor, JST-SCU)
  • Ed Ryan, assistant vice provost for academic affairs (SCU campus), will serve as a non-voting staff assistant to the Committee.

The committee, which reports to the Provost, is formulating a profile and ad for the JST dean position and is actively seeking nominations. From the pool of candidates, the committee will select a set of candidates for campus interviews. Upon completion of the campus interviews, the committee will transmit to the provost an unranked list of up to three top candidates along with the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate. 

After discussion with the provost, I will make a selection and present the name of the dean finalist for approval to the JST chancellor, Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus.  Once he approves the candidate, the superior general will secure the approval of the Holy See through its Congregation for Catholic Education and the granting of a dean’s nihil obstat.  We hope the new dean will be announced this spring with an anticipated start date sometime this summer.

The process of appointing a search committee for the new dean of the School of Education and Counseling Psychology has begun. The provost is currently gathering nominations for the search committee and anticipates appointments to be made in the coming weeks. 

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