Joseph G. Marina, S.J., Elected University President

The University announced its 29th president on Feb. 9.

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The University Announces its 29th President

Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J., provost and vice president for academic affairs at Le Moyne College, Syracuse, N.Y., will serve as the 29th president of The University of Scranton. James M. Slattery ’86, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, made the announcement to the University community.

Father Marina, who will take office in the summer, will succeed Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., ’H15, whose second term as president ends at the close of the 2020-2021 academic year.

Read the press release,  here.

The Presidential Website

View the new Presidential Website, which includes a letter from the chair of the Board of Trustees about the announcement, videos of the President-elect, news from local and national sources, and more,  here. The website will continue to be updated.

Video: The Announcement of the 29th President of The University of Scranton

View a recording of the announcement of the 29th President of The University of Scranton.

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Video: Meet the President-elect

Get to know Joseph G. Marina, S.J., who will succeed Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. as the 28th President of The University of Scranton this summer.

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Said About the University's President-elect

“Father Marina belongs at Scranton. He understands well what makes Scranton special, and he believes deeply that Catholic and Jesuit education can have a profound influence on a person’s life. He has experienced it himself. He is committed to justice and realizes the important role colleges – especially Jesuit colleges – play in leading this effort for their immediate communities and for the world.” -  Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., ’H15, President, The University of Scranton.

Read what Fr. Pilarz and other leaders had to say about the University's 29th President here.

Students React to News of the University's 29th President

Though students could not physically attend an announcement ceremony, they still found ways to get involved and welcome President-elect Marina.

Read what students had to say about the news in an article by Rebeca Chiefallo, Royal News campus correspondent,   here.

Update, March 2021: In February 2021, Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J., was named the University’s 28th president. After the passing of Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., in March, Jeffrey Gingerich, Ph.D. became acting president and, therefore, the University’s 28th president. 

Father Marina will now become the 29th president of the University when he takes office in summer 2021. Where possible, we have updated references to reflect this change.

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