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Zag 77
02-01-2010, 01:24 PM
Nothing heard since the school announced that they had come up with a big, fat "zero" as for qualified Jesuit candidates a few months ago.

I have a feeling Dr. McCulloh may be Interim President for awhile.

The Oregon Province of the Society is in bankruptcy over sexual abuse claims and one of the big issues is whether GU and SU are "owned" by the Oregon Province. Any lawyer worth his or salt would tell GU to take no action on naming a Jesuit because the courts may view that as evidence that GU is not independent.

One more reason why the Jesuits should have left Spitzer in place, even if they could not abide his politics or theology.

02-02-2010, 08:48 AM
GU in the last year or so has seen their VP for Mission become the Provincial for the Oregon Province (Fr. Pat Lee SJ) and now have an 2nd acting VP for Mission (Fr. Steve Hess SJ) after the initial acting VP had to take time off. Dr. McCulloh was the activing Academic VP before taking on the acting Pres. role. (GU's initial search for an AVP was unsuccessful - they currently have 3 candidates they are putting through the vetting process) and the Law School dean is the current acting AVP (Earl Martin), while the Law school has an acting Dean until Marty returns.

With all these holes GU feels it is better to fill the VP positions before tackling the big job of finding a new Pres.

Once they stabilize the VP's etc., then look for info on starting the search for a pres.

Zag 77
02-02-2010, 09:41 AM
The Jesuit legal problem probably affects all possible candidates who are S.J.'s for all those positions. I would think things are going to be in a holding pattern for awhile.

02-02-2010, 11:17 AM
Its still crazy to think that they ran Fr. Spitzer out, given the widespread support he had with the Regents and Trustees, and particularly given the way the university flourished under him. Of all things, the problem with him was that he was actually trying to abide by the teachings of the Catholic Church.