St. Joe’s president, VP, to step down in June

The president and vice president of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia are stepping down amid recent financial concerns and no-confidence votes.

The Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie says he will resign next June after finishing a three-year term.

The university said Friday that senior vice president John Smithson will also leave next year.

The moves come amid criticism of a proposed plan to accept 225 more students this fall to boost revenues.

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Critics say that would make the private Jesuit school appear less selective. The plan has not been enacted.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the resignations follow no-confidence votes in the two leaders by faculty groups.

Gillespie, a 1972 graduate, says he recognizes that Saint Joe’s needs new leadership.

The university has more than 8,800 students.

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