Time out at Wheeling Jesuit

Wheeling Jesuit U. can’t find enough candidates for the president’s job and is regrouping.

“They need time,” said a spokeswoman.

The search committee had its first meeting Aug. 31 (to replace Rev. Julio Giulietti SJ, who’d been fired Aug. 5 after two years on the job). 

The board chairman, William Fisher, had predicted finding someone by Jan. 1.  They began with 35 applicants, none of them Jesuit, chose seven for interviews, picked two of these to visit campus and meet staff and students.

Not enough, said the spokeswoman.  “They want to re-evaluate their next step.”

“The process . . . takes time,” said Fisher, who works for the bishop of Wheeling as financial officer.  “We want to . . . do this right.” 

They are halting the search, apparently surprised at how hard it is.  “The difficulties hiring somebody at that level are enormous,” said the spokeswoman.