One of the three trustees who ousted fellow Jesuit Julio Giulietti from the presidency of Wheeling Jesuit University last August has a new job.
University of Detroit Mercy President Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., Ph.D., will assume the position of Executive Assistant to the President of the Jesuit Conference and Director of Planning for the Jesuit Conference in Washington, D.C., effective this summer.
The Jesuit Conference serves as the national organization of the 10 Jesuit provinces in the United States.
In this new role, Stockhausen will serve as chief of staff, advising and working closely with the President of the Jesuit Conference and his staff to lead, direct, and coordinate a series of planning projects that will implement the apostolic choices made by the national and international Society of Jesus over the last few years.
Stockhausen chaired the five-man, infrequently convened Wheeling Jesuit board of trustees. On last July 25 in an email, he called
a special meeting of the WJU Board of Trustees by conference call at 1:45 PM EDT on August 5. The only agenda item will be to discuss any action(s) taken by the Board of Directors at its August 5 meeting, and to take whatever action the Board of Trustees needs to as a result of action(s) taken by the Board of Directors.
At this meeting of the trustees — not attended by one of them (Giulietti on vacation) and apparently not by another (Edward Glynn, whose questions about both board’s intentions leading up to the meetings had gone unanswered) — the three-man majority, informed that the Directors had not fired the president, did so on their own.