Inauguration Remarks

The following are remarks from several dignitaries on hand to commemorate the Inauguration of Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., as president of The University of Scranton.

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“Your charge will be to lead not only The University of Scranton as an educational institution, but as a valuable member of the community.” – Rabbi Joseph Mendelsohn

Temple Israel

From the Diocese of Scranton


“We pray that your tenure as the 25th president of this great University will be long and fruitful. And that it will provide you with a personal sense of fulfillment and meaning. We pray as well that you will be given the wisdom and courage to build upon the rich Catholic and Jesuit tradition entrusted to your care this day. And so continue to create a learning environment preparing students who – in the words of St. Ignatius – ‘set the world on fire.’”

Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L.
Bishop of Scranton

From the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


“Father Quinn, I know what you’ll find here. You’ll find a loving, caring, giving, proud, loyal, resilient and dependable people who want nothing more than for you to succeed.”

Honorable John P. Blake G’01
Representing the 22nd Senatorial District of Pennsylvania

From the City of Scranton


“On behalf of the people of Scranton,you have my pledge that we will work with you to make sure The University of Scranton grows even farther and higher and becomes the most successful Jesuit college in the nation.”

Honorable Christopher A. Doherty

From the Northeastern Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities


“Today, I’m delighted to bring the color green into this sea of purple, and in the Celtic tradition of your forebears, I wish you, Father Quinn, deep peace of the shining stars to you. And deep peace of the son of peace.”

Sister Anne Munley, I.H.M., Ph.D.
President of Marywood University

From the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities


“I believe we have arrived at a new place as though for the first time; we are at a new moment in history. We are no longer apologetic about our religious traditions, but have once again discovered that our religious identity and experience of it is the heart of our mission as universities, enriching and strengthening us, giving a new level of vitality and meaning to who we are as men and women of faith in service.”

Reverend Gregory F. Lucey, S.J.
AJCU President

From the Alumni


“I look to our new leader, the 25th president of The University of Scranton, and on the behalf of all Scranton alumni, today and in the years to come, I pledge our unwavering service, support and confidence as I offer a heartfelt welcome and deepest congratulations to you.”

John F. Lanahan, Esq. ’84
President of the Alumni Society

From the Students


“A home is a place where it feels all right to walk around without your shoes. So, I hope that one day, you will call Scranton home and be able to take off your shoes, run around the Dionne, and feel confident that we, The University of Scranton, are sure you fit your new role perfectly as our new president. Welcome home, Father Quinn.”

Samantha Mosca ’12
Vice President of Student Government

From the Staff


“On a brisk day back in December, the Trustees announced that you would become our 25th president. One of your first observations about what attracted you to Scranton was ‘its people – our care for one another and our sense of community excited you.’ Hearing those words was enough for us to know that this University we love so much was in good hands.”

Frani Mancuso ’93
Director of Conference and Event Services

From the Faculty


“Today, and always, our wish for you is that God be ever at your side and goodness fills your Scranton days.”

Lori A. Bruch, Ed.D., CRC, LPC
Associate Professor, Counseling and Human Services

Missioning of the President


“So I charge you Father Quinn, as university president and director of this Jesuit work, to shepherd well the society’s apostolate, to remember always the society’s commitment to the service of faith and the promotion of justice, and to sustain and enhance the Catholic and Jesuit identity of this university. I entrust to you, therefore, Father Quinn, the presidency of The University of Scranton. May God bless you abundantly in your new mission.”

Very Reverend James M. Shea, S.J.
Provincial, Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus

Introduction of the President


“Today I present to you another outstanding member of the Society of Jesus as our twenty-fifth president, the Reverend Kevin P. Quinn … Break a leg, father!”

Christopher M. “Kip” Condron ’70, H’03
Chair, Board of Trustees

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