America Press Inc. the Jesuit-sponsored magazine and web site, announced on Friday the appointment of Jesuit Father John P. Schlegel, as publisher and president. Fr. Schlegel, who recently completed 11 years as president of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, will assume his office in November.
The joining of the publisherâ€™s role with that of the president of America Press is an early outcome of the pressâ€™s strategic planning process which will conclude in late February. As president, Schlegel succeeds Jesuit Father Drew Christiansen, who will remain Americaâ€™s editor in chief. The publisherâ€™s position has been open since the resignation of Jan Attridge, the pressâ€™s first publisher, in April.
Schlegel, a weekly reader of America, expressed enthusiasm at taking on a new ministry. â€œAmerica,â€ he said, â€œis a vital national Jesuit apostolate bringing Catholic opinion to bear on the great public issues of the day. I am grateful for the opportunity to help secure and improve Americaâ€™s presence in todayâ€™s new media environment.â€ He was buoyed in his decision, Schlegel said, â€œby the encouragement of brother Jesuits, friends and colleagues that America is the right challengeâ€ for him to take on at this time.
Fr. Schlegel was ordained a priest in 1973. He holds a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University. In addition to his presidency at Creighton (1999-2011), he also served as president of the University of San Francisco. Under his leadership, Creighton carried out its most successful philanthropic effort ever, raising $400 million in a capital campaign. He oversaw the expansion of the campus from 90 to 130 acres, improving the campus living environment and contributing to the renaissance of downtown Omaha. During his time, the university also received high rankings in both regional and national listings of institutions of higher learning. [more]
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