A Message from the President

PilzarzDear Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni, Parents & Friends:

This fall, more than 1,000 students joined the Class of 2023. When I see the new faces, I can’t help but think of what the future holds for these students. Will they join the business club and be inspired to become an entrepreneur? Will they take a course in history that drives them to pursue a Ph.D.? Will they lead retreats or serve abroad? Will they meet their lifelong partner here? Whatever the case may be, we hope to inspire them, to energize them.

St. Ignatius once said that the “energetic and industrious” make progress in virtue and “peace of soul.” A Scranton education, a Catholic and Jesuit education, encourages students to be contemplative in action, energetic and industrious. These are enduring characteristics that can last from the college years through retirement. Take, for example, Betsy Peck ’82 who began a consulting business after her “retirement” or James Murray ’90 who now lives and breathes the mission of the Secret Service, both of whom you can read about in the pages of this magazine.

It is my hope that you continue the work it takes to be energized, whatever your passion or path. And I hope you are as inspired by your fellow alumni (and future alumni) as I am. Thank you for your support of the University and of each other.

God bless you, and God bless The University of Scranton.


Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.


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