After just two years as president of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., Fr. Scott Pilarz, S.J., has unexpectedly resigned, according to a statement released by the University. He had previously served as president of the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.
“After 10 years as a university president, I believe the time has come to consider other apostolic opportunities for me as a Jesuit priest,” Fr. Pilarz said in the statement. “I have made this decision after much prayer, discernment and conversation with religious superiors, my spiritual director and others whose counsel I have sought over the past three years.”
He will reportedly stay on through this semester and leave in December. The search for a replacement will begin immediately.
One political science professor, John McAdams who blogs at Marquette Warrior, called the announcement “a shock to the campus.”
McAdams gives Pilarz credit for recently pulling official sponsorship from the raunchy and salacious FemSex seminar, which The Cardinal Newman Society reported on last week.
Board Chair Charles Swoboda will reportedly lead the University’s transition efforts.
“We thank Father Pilarz for his accomplishments and dedication to Marquette, its faculty and most of all, its students,” said Swoboda in the statement. “I take immense pride and responsibility for ensuring the mission and innovative spirit of our Catholic, Jesuit tradition continues well into the future.”
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