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SCHLEGEL, John P. (Rev.) (Dubuque, IA, July 31, 1943--Omaha, NB, Nov. 15, 2015). Father Schlegel attended St. Patrick's grade school, LORAS ACADEMY, WAHLERT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, and LORAS COLLEGE in Dubuque, before entering the Jesuit novitiate at St. Bonifacius in Minnesota in 1963. He completed his theology studies at Heythrop College in London and was ordained to the priesthood on June 22, 1973. Father Schlegel received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Saint Louis University, his theology degree from the University of London, and his Ph.D in international politics from the University of Oxford. (1)

Father Schlegel taught political science and served as assistant academic vice president at Creighton University from 1978-1982. He worked as academic dean of Rockhurst College from 1982-1984, dean of arts and sciences at Marquette University from 1984-1989, and executive and academic vice president at John Carroll University from 1989-1991.(2) On October 17, 1991, he was named the president of the University of San Francisco, succeeding Father John Lo Schiavo, who had served as USF's president for the prior fourteen years. Father Schlegel officially became the 26th President of the University of San Francisco on June 15, 1991.

In 2000, Father Schlegel was named the President of Creighton University in Omaha. He was credited with increasing student enrollment during his tenure, guiding a $400 million capital campaign, and overseeing the acquisition of 40 acres of land located east of the existing campus. In July 2010, Father Schlegel announced his intent to retire at the end of the 2010-2011 academic year.

Father Schlegel joined America as president and publisher in November 2011. (2)

Father Schlegel was a member of many international, national, and local boards of directors, executive committees and associations. He was a past member of the board of trustees of Chicago's Loyola University, Xavier University in Cincinnati, Loyola University of the South, St. Louis University and Loyola College in Maryland. He also held board positions at St. Mary's Medical Center Foundation; World Affairs Council of Northern California; the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities; the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, where he served as chair of the National Student Aid Task Force; and Heythrop College at the University of London. He was also a director of the American International School of Hong Kong. (3)

In 2003 Father Schlegel received the Otto Swanson Spirit of Service Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice. He received the Champion of Greatness Award from Special Olympics Nebraska in 2005. In 2007 he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award and the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America, and in 2009 was honored with "Citizen of the Year." (4)



1. "John P. Schlegel," Jesuitsmidwest.org. Online: http://www.jesuitsmidwest.org/memoriam-detail/Fr.-John-P.-Schlegel,-

2. "John P. Schlegel, S.J." America-The National Catholic Review, Online: http://americamagazine.org/users/john-p-schlegel-sj

3. Ibid.

4. Ibid.