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Wheeling Jesuit University

Wheeling Jesuit University is a private, coeducational Roman Catholic university in the United States. Located in Wheeling, West Virginia, it was founded as Wheeling College in 1954 by the Society of Jesus.


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Iggy The Cardinal
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The seeds of WJU's founding were planted as early as the 19th century. Bishop Richard Whelan, leader of the Diocese of Wheeling, lobbied the Society of Jesus to establish a university in the burgeoning city. Over a century later, Whelan's original vision came to fruition. After a donor, Sara Tracy, left her estate to the diocese, it was able to purchase land from the neighboring Mt. De Chantal Visitation Academy. Wheeling Jesuit University, then Wheeling College, was founded through a partnership of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston with the Maryland Society of Jesus. Ground was broken on November 24, 1953, and the college was officially incorporated on September 25, 1954, but didn't open to students for another year on September 26, 1955. The establishment of the college required $2.75 million in start-up costs. Overcoming the difficulties of temporary facilities and a faculty of just twelve Jesuit priests and four lay professors, the school grew considerably. For the 1987�1988 school year, the university became Wheeling Jesuit College, and in 1996, gained university status. In March 2013, the university announced the selection of Fr. James Fleming as its tenth president. Fleming took office effective July 1, 2013. List of Wheeling Jesuit University Presidents Rev. Lawrence R. McHugh, S.J., September 26, 1954 � July 31, 1959 Rev. William Francis Troy, S.J., July 31, 1959 � July 1966 Rev. Frank R. Haig, S.J., July 15, 1966 � August 21, 1972 Rev. Charles L. Currie Jr., S.J., August 1972� June 15, 1982 Rev. Thomas S. Acker, S.J., July 5, 1982 � July 31, 2000 Rev. George F. Lundy, S.J., July 31, 2000� July 31, 2003 Rev. Joseph R. Hacala, S.J., July 31, 2003 � September 16, 2006 James F. Birge, Ph.D. (interim) September 16, 2006� August 12, 2007 Rev. Julio Giulietti, S.J., August 13, 2007 � August 5, 2009 J. Davitt McAteer (interim), August 5, 2009 � February 8, 2010 Sr. Francis Marie Thrailkill (interim) � February 8, 2010 � December 31, 2010 Richard A. Beyer � January 1, 2011 � June 30, 2013 Rev. James J. Fleming, S.J., July 1, 2013�present

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Life The Jesuit traditions of educational excellence and service to others guide all the programs at Wheeling Jesuit University. By integrating learning, research and economic development with classical knowledge and Christian revelation, the University seeks to foster competence, creativity and innovation throughout and beyond the campus community. Graduates of the University enter the world of work with socially responsible goals, a life long appetite for learning and the desire to make our universe a better place. Leadership To model the Jesuit concern for regional and global neighbors, the University welcomes people of all creeds, races and nationalities to share in the intelligent pursuit of excellence. The University promotes close student-faculty contacts and encourages students to develop their full potential for leadership. Through a grounding in the liberal arts and, above all, example of Jesus Christ, the University endeavors to produce intelligent, moral leaders who will champion the Jesuit values of faith, peace and justice. Wheeling Jesuit envisions a dynamic leadership role for the University in the lives of its students and in the world at large. Service With And Among Others In its faculty and students, its research and outreach, the University is national and international. Yet as the only Catholic institution of higher learning in West Virginia, Wheeling Jesuit also values its distinctive mission to the immediate area, educating local men and women and returning them to enrich their own communities. Wheeling Jesuit University firmly believes its graduates will enter the professional world prepared to use their God-given talents not solely for personal fulfillment but as men and women in service to others.



John Beilein, (1975), Head Coach, Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team Lionel Cartwright, (1982) Country Musician John N. Ellem, member, West Virginia House of Delegates Jay DeFruscio, (MBA 1987), Assistant NBA Coach, Indiana Pacers John Gage, (1968), President of the American Federation of Government Employees, member of the AFL-CIO executive committee Neil Holloway, Head Coach, Ocean City Nor'easters John M. Maris, M.D., (1983), Chief of Division of Oncology and Director of the Center for Childhood Cancer Research at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia J. Davitt McAteer, (1966), Mine safety expert, Assistant secretary for the Mine Safety and Health Administration Pat McCune, former WV State Senator, state director of National Federation of Independent Business Anthony F. Migliaccio, Jr., risk management and security expert, director of security for the 2004 Summer Olympics Michael Mulligan, former MapQuest CEO Tim Murphy, (1974), U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 18th District Jeanne Neff, former President, The Sage Colleges John F. Noonan, former President, Bloomfield College George Novacky (1968), Assistant Department Chair and Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, University of Pittsburgh. Kathleen Hawk Sawyer (1972), Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons, 1992�2003 Erikka Lynn Storch (1996), member-elect, West Virginia House of Delegates Jason H. Wilson, (MBA) Ohio State Senator James T Smith, (1964) Baltimore County, MD County Executive Stanley T. Wearden, (1975), Dean, College of Communication and Information Sciences, Kent State University Tara Wilson, 2000 Miss West Virginia USA JT Woodruff (attended, did not graduate), lead singer of Hawthorne Heights John B. Yasinsky, (1961), former OMNOVA Solutions CEO Ricky Yahn, (2007), Assistant Coach, Cornell Big Red men's basketball team Noah Mull - San Diego Padres draft pick



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