Herbert B. Keller, S.J.


Rev. Herbert B. Keller, S.J. H’06, is serving as interim president at The University of Scranton from June 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. He will be succeeded by Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. H’15, president-elect, who is concluding his service as president of Georgetown Preparatory School.

Fr. Keller has served as the rector of the Scranton Jesuit Community since September 2015. Prior to that, he served for 18 years as president of Scranton Preparatory School and is the longest-serving president in the Jesuit school’s history.

Fr. Keller entered the Jesuit novitiate in Wernersville in 1969. In 1975, he received a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from Fordham University. He earned a master’s degree with distinction from Weston School of Theology in Boston and a professional diploma in secondary school administration from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education. He was ordained a priest in 1981 and has served in Jesuit secondary education for more than 35 years.

Fr. Keller was named principal of Scranton Prep in 1983 and served in that capacity for eight years. From 1991 to 1997, he served as principal at his alma mater, Saint Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia. During his tenure there, Fr. Keller was appointed as rector of the Jesuit community at Saint Joseph’s Prep. In 1997, he was named president of Scranton Preparatory School.

In 2016, Fr. Keller served as a delegate from the Maryland Province for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36.

Fr. Keller is a past trustee of Fairfield University, Saint Joseph’s University, Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School and Gonzaga College High School. He is a member of Scranton’s Board of Trustees, having served on the Board through various terms for 17 years. His Board tenure is second only to the late Rev. J.A. Panuska, S.J., president emeritus at Scranton.

In 2006, Fr. Keller received an honorary doctoral degree from The University of Scranton.