The 27th President of The University of Scranton
On July 1, 2018, Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., returned to the University as the 27th President of The University of Scranton. Father Pilarz, who served as Scranton’s 24th president, was selected following a national search that began in September 2017.
Father Pilarz’s love for The University of Scranton and his steadfast commitment to Catholic and Jesuit education are well known. He is highly regarded as an outstanding teacher, scholar and visionary leader who is beloved by students.
During Father Pilarz’s tenure as president, Scranton earned national recognition for academic quality, community engagement and student success, achieving then record admissions and undertaking the largest fundraising and construction projects in its history. The University began and completed the Pride, Passion, Promise Campaign, which surpassed its $125 million fundraising goal. More than 100 new faculty members were hired and, through campaign support, five endowed chairs were established. In addition, a number of transformational improvements were made on campus, including the DeNaples Center, the Dionne Campus Green, Condron Hall, Montrone Hall and what would eventually be named Pilarz Hall; as well as the Loyola Science Center.
Father Pilarz served as president of Georgetown Preparatory School in Washington, D.C., the nation’s oldest Jesuit educational institution from July 2014 to July 1, 2018. His accomplishments at Georgetown Prep included leading the community in a celebration of the 225th anniversary of its founding, guiding the development of a comprehensive strategic plan and working to secure the largest gift in the school’s history.