Search for a Vice President of University Mission and Identity begins

November 21st, 2013

Do you know the religious affiliation of Harvard University? What about Ohio Northern University? Many schools have a religious affiliation, but sometimes people are unaware of exactly what that affiliation is, causing it to become lost and many schools to become secular. The job of the vice president of university mission and identity for John Carroll University is to keep the Jesuit tradition alive in all facets of campus life.

This position was institutionalized through the office of the Vice President of University Mission and Identity. Paul V. Murphy, professor of history and director of the Institute of Catholic Studies, held the post on an interim basis, but now the committee is searching for a permanent vice president for the position.

The position requires academic preparation, a master’s degree (though a Ph.D. is preferred) and experience dealing with management, budgeting, private school systems and Jesuit tradition. With these characteristics, the vice president is expected to make sure that budgets, publicity and student affairs are all compliant with the mission statement. The vice president also plays a major role in Ignatian Heritage Week.

Anyone may apply for the position, and it will be publicized on list services, electronic bulletin boards and print ads. The search will be posted by Thanksgiving at the latest.

The search committee, which will screen candidates for the position, is headed by the Rev. Martin Connell, S.J., assistant professor of education and rector of the Jesuit community. Two of the committee members are professors who were elected by their colleagues. The remaining four members were appointed by president of the University, the Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., in consultation.

The other committee members are as follows: Dwight Hahn, assistant professor of political science; Mark Waner, associate professor of chemistry; Mark McCarthy, vice president of student affairs; Donna Byrnes, associate dean of students; David Vitatoe, director of alumni relations; and Barbara Schubert, member of the board of directors.

The committee’s major responsibilities are to recruit the most qualified candidates, narrow them down after reviewing their résumés and then send the finalists to be interviewed by Niehoff.

“For me personally, participating as a member of this committee is a recognition that I have been provided with some great opportunities to develop my own understanding of Ignatian Spirituality and the Catholic intellectual tradition, which I feel have made me a better faculty member,” said Waner. “I see this as a way of contributing back some of what I have learned and experienced.”

The committee had their first meeting on Monday, Nov. 18. Once the committee has defined the job qualifications and made sure they are clearly explained in the ad, the job listing will be posted for possible candidates to apply.