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Two Years in, St. Joe's President Making the Grade

Release: 07/31/2017
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Courtesy: Saint Joseph's

The following is an excerpt from a story on Philly.com about Saint Joseph's President Dr. Mark C. Reed. The full story is available following the excerpt


As the Jesuit university’s first lay president in 166 years, Reed inherited serious challenges when he became president of the 8,415-student school two years ago: Finances were tight. There were enrollment challenges. And previous school leaders drew no-confidence votes from faculty.

Reed, a 43-year-old Huntingdon Valley native, has begun to turn that around, as a shrinking pool of high school graduates fuels more competition in the higher-education market.

He got a boost this month when James J. Maguire and his wife, Frances, donated $50 million, the biggest gift in school history.

In announcing the gift, Maguire cited confidence in Reed; he isn’t alone. Several faculty leaders and administrators, while underscoring challenges that remain, are optimistic about the decisive direction and pace that Reed has set for the Catholic university, which is in Philadelphia and Lower Merion Township.

“I’m not telling you all the tough decisions are done,” said Joseph DiAngelo, dean of the business school. “They’re not. But we’ve made tough decisions, and they’ve gone better than we hoped for.”

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