Office of the President
Death of University President Scott R. Pilarz S.J.
Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., the University’s 24th and 27th President, passed on Wednesday, March 10, at the age of 61 from complications related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
As we all mourn his loss, the trustees are keenly aware that, more than anything, Father Pilarz would insist on the University continuing to “move forward” and “keep working” on behalf of our students and mission.
In accord with the University’s by-laws, Jeff Gingerich, Ph.D., University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, will serve as Acting President. As previously announced, Joseph G. Marina, S.J., begins his term as President in June.
Acting President - Jeff Gingerich, Ph.D.
Previously, Dr. Gingerich served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Cabrini University, a Catholic liberal arts institution in Radnor. In his that role, he served as the chief academic officer overseeing four schools offering more than 35 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs.
In addition to serving as chief academic officer, Dr. Gingerich held responsibility for many cross-divisional institutional priorities at Cabrini, including revision of the core curriculum, diversity initiatives and mission integration. He also led a successful Middle States self-study accreditation process, the development of a one-stop student services center, an evaluation of the faculty governance structure, and a campus-wide strategic planning effort on both leadership development and global studies. In 2016, he led Cabrini’s transition to University status and the academic reorganization to create four new schools.
Much of his life’s work prior to entering higher education was shaped by six years as a voluntary service worker in New Orleans, Louisiana, coordinating conflict resolution programming at the Twomey Center for Peace through Justice at Loyola University. These experiences inspired his research and teaching interests in race and ethnic relations, cultural analysis, prisoner reentry, and incarceration reform. During that time, he also taught courses in cultural awareness and conflict resolution for officers and trainees of the New Orleans Police Department. While pursuing his master’s and doctoral degrees, he was a facilitator in the Restorative Justice Program at Graterford State Prison, Philadelphia.