Interim president to serve The University

Katelyn Barrett

Staff Writer

The University’s Board of Trustees appointed Rev. Herbert Keller, S.J. H’06, Rector of the Scranton Jesuit Community, to serve as interim President while president-elect Rev. Scott R. Pilarz S.J. H’15 concludes his service as President of Georgetown Preparatory School.

Photo Courtesy of THE REV. Herbert Keller, S.J. H’06, will be serving as The University’s interim president May 31, 2017 until Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. H’15, begins serving June 20, 2017.

Rev. Keller will be serving as president from the end of Rev. Kevin P. Quinn’s tenure on May 31, 2017, until the beginning of Rev. Pilarz’s service on June 30, 2018. Current University President Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. noted, “Fr. Keller is a great friend and brother Jesuit. I congratulate him on this appointment and have every confidence that he will lead the University well through this interim period.”

During this transition, Rev. Pilarz will serve as a trustee. Lawrence R. Lynch ’81, the Board of Trustees Chair, said Fr. Pilarz will work closely with Fr. Kelly during his interim presidency.

“In that capacity, he will be present for Board meetings and will participate in a number of significant advancement and admissions functions. Fr. Pilarz and Fr. Keller will work closely throughout the coming year to ensure that the University continues to address important strategic items,” Lynch said.

Rev. Keller has been a member of The University’s Board of Trustees for 17 years.

“I am humbled by the confidence shown in me by my fellow trustees and look forward to serving the University in any way I can,” Keller said. “As a trustee and as President of Scranton Prep, I experienced firsthand the love and devotion of the entire University community to living out our Catholic and Jesuit mission.”

Rev. Keller entered the Jesuit novitiate in Wernersville in 1969 and received a bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy from Fordham University in 1975. He then went on to earn his master’s degree with distinction from Weston School of Theology and a professional diploma in secondary school administration from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education.

Rev. Keller was ordained a priest in 1981 and has served in Jesuit secondary education for 35 years. He was named principal of Scranton Preparatory school in 1983 where he served for eight years. Keller then was appointed to serve as both principal and rector of the Jesuit Community at his alma mater, Saint Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia, where he served for six years.

In 2006, Rev. Keller received an honorary doctoral degree from The University of Scranton. He is a former trustee of Fairfield University and Saint Joseph’s University, as well as Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School and Gonzaga College High School.

Rev. Keller stepped down from his position, as president of Scranton Preparatory School, in 2015. He was the longest serving president in the school’s history with an impressive 18-year tenure.