The Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. reflected on his time at The University as he prepares to hand over the presidency at the conclusion of the year to the Rev. Herbert Keller, S.J in an interim role and ultimately to the Rev. Scott Pilarz, S.J.
Members of The University community received an email on Aug. 22, 2016 from Quin
n which informed them that he would be stepping down as president of The University, effective June 1, 2017. Following the announcement of Pilarz’s appointment and as the calendar approaches June 1, Quinn reflected on what has impacted him most and where he has had the most impact.
While he has enjoyed many different aspects of The University community and the greater Scranton community, Quinn said that he will remember most fondly the people he worked with.
“What makes this university great is the people, and that’s who I remember most fondly after six years, are the folks I’ve worked with,” Quinn said.
When asked about his impact on The University, Quinn cited the Strategic Plan, the Jesuit Center and the South Side Athletic Campus as his proudest accomplishments. During his first year at The University, Quinn enacted an initiative to promote the Jesuit way of proceeding.
“That’s an important addition because the intent there is to promote the Jesuit way of proceeding among faculty and staff – the Jesuit way of proceeding both in our spirituality and also in our pedagogy,” Quinn said.
Quinn continued by explaining how the number of Jesuits is declining and that the decline will eventually be felt on campus, but he hopes that the Jesuit Center will encourage the lay faculty and staff to carry on the Jesuit heritage in higher education.
He then described the strategic plan as student-centered, which he said is not true of the strategic plans for all universities. The basis for the strategic plan stemmed from his inauguration speech six years ago.
“Six years ago at my inauguration, I spoke about my vision for Catholic and Jesuit higher education at The University of Scranton and used the three adjectives engaged, integrated, and global, not really thinking that that would become the core of the strategic plan,” Quinn said.
This engaged, integrated and global approach has already begun to shape The University, he explained. For example, The University will be sending the first group of students to a study abroad site run by The University in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where Quinn himself studied Spanish.
In explaining his decision to leave, Quinn said that the choice resulted from a need for a personal change, and that after deliberation the Board of Trustees for The University agreed. As a Jesuit priest, Quinn explained further, he does not necessarily have final say in his next placement, so his next step is uncertain.
The University community thanks Quinn for his service to The University and wishes him the best in his future endeavors.