Fr. Niehoff celebrates ten years as University President

October 15th, 2015


University President, The Rev. Fr. Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., was inaugurated on Oct. 11, 2005. He is the 24th president of John Carroll and the fourth longest serving president in University history. In 2016, he will be the longest serving president.


He was born on August 14, 1953 in Puyallup, Wash. and has seven siblings. With aspirations of becoming a priest since elementary school, Niehoff joined the Society of Jesus in 1972. He celebrated his 25th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood at The Church of the Gesu in October of 2007.


Niehoff has earned multiple degrees, beginning with a B.A. in philosophy form Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., where he also later received a PhD in educational leadership in 1995. He has two master’s degrees in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley in Santa Clara University, CA. In 1986, he obtained his M.B.A. at the University of Washington.


He has accomplished much during his time as president, including approving the Arrupe Scholars program and helping dedicate the donor recognition wall at Shula Stadium, completing the campaign for Athletics. He also travelled to El Salvador in November 2014 to recognize the 25th anniversary of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador. More recently he was invited by Senator Sherrod Brown to come to Washington, D.C. for the papal visit in September.


As of May 2014, the JCU Board of Directors unanimously voted to renew Niehoff’s contract as president of the University until June of 2020.