The Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, new president of St. Joseph's University, says that for a postsecondary school to be "academically distinctive," it must meet three criteria: affordability, accessibility, and accountability.
At his formal inauguration Friday at Hagan Arena, Gillespie said St. Joseph's had accessibility and accountability, and he pledged that his mission would be "affordability."
"Already, the basis of the university's next major capital campaign is being formed, and it will center on student scholarships and increased academic resourcing," said Gillespie, a 1972 St. Joseph's graduate and the second alumnus to serve as president. "We will be challenging every potential benefactor to be more than a friend of the university, but to be a life-changing, personal friend to the young people who need it most."