History 2012-13



University Seal

Origins of WJU


Campus Map

Historical List of University Personnel

Historical Milestones


This original armorial seal was developed by Ryan-West Banknote Company, Inc., 127 Water Street of New York City. The hand drawn painting was shipped to the University during the last week of September, 1955. Fr. Lawrence McHugh, S.J., was president of the University.

The seal remained the same until a name change was made in 1987 which added the word "Jesuit." Originally the addition of Jesuit to the name was incorporated into the logo only for advertising and admissions identification, but on February 1, 1988, a Certificate of Registration of True Name was filed and signed in the state of West Virginia. The seal was redesigned only to include the word "Jesuit." This seal became available in the 1990-91 academic year.

Changes were made in the seal colors in the fall of 2011 prior to the inauguration of Richard Beyer as the ninth president of Wheeling Jesuit University. The shield was altered to include a red field on its upper half; the red being representative of the red shield of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. Further, the wolves and cauldron on the shield became solid gold, and the green and silver of the shield were made more vibrant.


The three silver chevronels on the green field are derived from the coat of arms of the Diocese of Wheeling These heraldic charges honor the See which gave such great aid to the establishment of this Jesuit institution of learning. On the diocesan shield the green field charged with the three hill-like chevronels symbolizes the mountain state of West Virginia.

Above the chevronels are two wolves grasping a caldron suspended from a chain. These are the Loyola arms of the Onaz-Loyola family which gave birth to St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus The wolves, caldron and chain are tinctured in black on a silver field on the original arms of Loyola, but they are depicted in gold on the shield of Wheeling Jesuit University for difference and to avoid infraction of the heraldic rule that color cannot be placed on color, nor metal on metal.

To these Ignatian arms has been added the badge of the Society of Jesus at the apex of the chevron to further identify Wheeling Jesuit University as a Jesuit educational institution This badge consists of a blue roundel surrounded by golden rays, enclosing the monogram of Christ (IHS) under a cross and over the sacred nails of the Passion, also in the same gold.

The motto Luceat Lux Vestra is taken from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:16) and is translated "Let your light shine." It at once expresses an ideal and a program of life for both faculty and students at Wheeling Jesuit University.

From the works of William F. J. Ryan, Heraldry Ecclesiastical Design in the Graphic Arts.


Officially incorporated as Wheeling College on September 25, 1954, we are the youngest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S., and the first and only Catholic institute of higher education in West Virginia.

While Wheeling Jesuit University has been serving the needs of its constituencies for the past 58 years, the roots of our commitment and friendship with this region reach back to the 19th Century in the mission of the Catholic Church and, in particular, the Society of Jesus.

Having arrived in Maryland in 1634, the Society of Jesus, a Catholic religious order known for it schools and scholarship, was approached in 1846 by Bishop Richard Whelan who desired to establish a college in the Wheeling Diocese. A century later, through the generosity of Sara Tracy, the Diocese was able to act on Bishop Whelan's vision and purchase 60 acres of land from the Sisters of the Visitation, who operated the Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy until its closure in 2010.

With the land secured, Archbishop John J. Swint of the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese requested and received assistance from the Maryland Province Jesuits. Archbishop Swint formally proposed Wheeling College on May 27, 1953, and the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Most Reverend John Baptist Janssens, approved the request on July 4, 1953.

Rev. Clifford M. Lewis, S.J., the first Jesuit to reside in Wheeling, arrived in February 1953 as the "Educational Representative of the Maryland Province." Fr. Lewis, an educator, author, lecturer, historian and archeologist, also was largely responsible for raising the money to supplement Archbishop Swint's original benefaction to the college. The first faculty member, Fr. Lewis also served as archivist, as special assistant to the first four presidents, and as the first director of public relations, alumni relations and development. Fr. Lewis was first and foremost a "great simple man" who said "yes" to the call of God and dreamed of a campus that would, in his own words, "provide independent enlightenment to tomorrow's problems."

The groundbreaking ceremony occurred November 24, 1953, and construction of Swint Hall, Donahue Hall and Whelan Hall began a few months later. These initial three buildings grew from Sara Tracy's legacy left to Bishop Donahue. A Jesuit organizing committee set up a temporary college center in the former St. Michael's rectory and church on Edgington Lane. Reverend Lawrence R. McHugh, S.J., became the first President.


Rev. James Fleming, S.J., Ph.D.
Tenth President, July 1, 2013

Jesuit Father James Fleming has been a key member of the leadership team of Wheeling Jesuit University since 2010. Most recently, he has served as executive vice president, with responsibility for the university's operations and functioning. He also provides strategic leadership for program development, implementation and assessment, and leads university-wide efforts to facilitate innovation and collaboration between programs. He previously served as the vice president and chief of staff.

Prior to joining Wheeling Jesuit, Fr. Fleming was on staff at Boston College for ten years. He served as director of mission planning and assessment from 2004-2010, where he developed and oversaw the implementation of a strategic planning process for the office. From 2000-2004, he was an assistant professor in the Lynch School of Education. His courses included Teacher as Researcher; Family, School & Society; Culture, Community & Change; and Principles of Outreach Research. He also conducted funded research that informed his scholarly work, which focused on university-community partnerships and institutional change at American colleges and universities.

His interest in university-community partnerships began in his hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts, an old mill town where his father was mayor and active in downtown redevelopment and a member of the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Lowell campus for 45 years.

Fr. Fleming also has been a lecturer at the University of San Francisco, where he served as the Director of the University Academy, a university-school-community partnership in San Francisco, CA. From 1997-1999, he taught courses in urban education at Santa Clara University.

The author of numerous articles and publications, Fr. Fleming earned a Ph.D. in educational policy analysis at the University of California, Berkeley in 1999, where he was awarded the Wilson Research Fellowship and the Edgar and Camilla Morphet Fellowship. As a research associate at the Institute for Urban and Regional Development, he worked with a team of researchers from UC Berkeley and was project director of the Design Study for an Evaluation Methodology of the Community Outreach Partnership Centers.

He served on the board of trustees at Boston College High School and the Nativity Preparatory School in Boston, and is a member of the Council of Independent Colleges' Executive Leadership Program.

Fr. Fleming entered the Jesuits in 1983 and was ordained a priest in 1995. As a Jesuit educator, Fr. Fleming has dedicated his life to academic investigation, service to and with the poor, and spiritual reflection. He follows in a long line of Jesuits dedicated to bringing their academic and spiritual preparation to the Northern Ohio River Valley.

Past Presidents
Rev. Lawrence R. McHugh, S.J.
Rev. George F. Lundy, S.J.
Rev. William F. Troy, S.J.
Rev. Joseph R. Hacala, S.J.
Rev. Frank R. Haig, S.J.
Rev. Julio Giulietti, S.J.
Rev. Charles L. Currie, S.J.
Sr. Francis M. Thrailkill, O.S.U
Interim, 2010
Rev. Thomas S. Acker, S.J.
Richard Allen Beyer
2011 - 2013




Presidents Board of Directors - Chairs
1954-1959 Rev. Lawrence R. McHugh, S.J. 1971-1976 Rev. Joseph A. Burke, S.J
1959-1966 Rev. William F. Troy, S.J. 1976-1979 Thomas J. Whyte
1966-1972 Rev. Frank R. Haig, S.J. 1979-1980 Dr. Forrest Kirkpatrick
1972-1982 Rev. Charles L. Currie, S.J. 1980-1982 Gill B. Frederick
1982-2000 Rev. Thomas S. Acker, S.J. 1982-1993 Donald H. Hofreuter, M.D.
2000-2003 Rev. George F. Lundy, S.J. 1993-1994 Philip C. Kirby (Interim)
2003-2006 Rev. Joseph R. Hacala, S.J. 1994-2000 Philip C. Kirby
2006-2007 Dr. James Birge (Interim) 2000-2003 Thomas Marchlen, Esq.
2007-2009 Rev. Julio Giulietti, S.J. 2003-2008 Col. Carol A. Yarnall, USAF (Ret)
2009-2010 Mr. Davitt McAteer (Interim) 2008-2009 William G. Fisher, CPA
2010 Sr. Francis Marie Thrailkill (Interim) 2009- Margaret Helm
2011-2013 Richard A. Beyer  
2013- James Fleming S.J.  

Academic Deans Board of Trustees - Chairmen
1954-1959 Rev. Lawrence R. McHugh, S.J. 1971-1976 Rev. Joseph A. Burke, S.J
1955-1959 Rev. William F. Troy, S.J. 1954-1959 Rev. Lawrence R. McHugh, S.J.
1959-1961 Rev. Philip A. McGreevy, S.J. 1959-1966 Rev. William F. Troy, S.J.
1961-1963 Rev. John J. Schneider, S.J. 1966-1970 Rev. Frank R. Haig, S.J.
1963-1964 Rev. James F. Muldowney, S.J. 1970-1973 Rev. Hugh E. Dunn, S.J.
1964-1970 Rev. Joseph A. Burke, S.J. 1973-1976 Rev. Joseph A. Burke, S.J.
1970-1975 Dr. Thomas G. Wack 1976-1978 Rev. Thomas F. Gleeson, S.J.
1975-1977 Rev. John D. Cuddigan, S.J. 1978-1979 Rev. William B. Neenan, S.J.
1977-1980 Dr. Daniel A. Felicetti 1979-1983 Rev. Albert H. Jenemann, S.J.
1980-1986 Dr. Jeanne Kammer Neff 1983-1986 Rev. William C. McInnes, S.J.
1986-1987 Dr. Betty F. Thacker 1986-1990 Rev. James F. Salmon, S.J.
1987-1990 Dr. John J. McDonald 1990-2001 Rev. Joseph A. Burke, S.J.
1990-1997 Dr. Normand J. Paulhus 2001-2004 Rev. Joseph J. Hayden, S.J.
1997-1998 Dr. Richard C. Hirst 2004-2008 Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, S.J.
1998-1999 Dr. Debra B. Hull 2008- Rev. Gerard Stockhausen, S.J.
1999-2005 Dr. Julianne Maher  
2005-2010 Dr. Letha Zook  
2010-2013 Dr. Stephen D. Stahl  

Registrars Head Librarians
1955-1959 Raymond E. Cawthorne 1954-1963 Josephine Savaro
1959-1962 John R. 1963-2001 Eileen Carpino
1962-1963 Rev. John J. Schneider, S.J. (Acting) 2001-2006 Barbi G. Lehn
1963-1964 Joseph G. Burns 2006- Kelly L. Mummert
1964-1967 Charles E. Fye  
1967-1972 Thomas P. McCarthy  
1972-1996 Katherine L. McCready  
1996-2003 Brent A. Koerber  
2003-2003 Misti M. Michael (Acting)  
2004-2009 Chad R. Carter  
2009-2011 Rick West  
2012- Joy R. Cronin  


Year Event
1954 Founded by Bishop Swint of the Diocese of Wheeling and the Jesuit Fathers of the Maryland Province.
Certificate of Incorporation: September 25th.
1955 Chartered by the state of West Virginia.
Men and women admitted to first freshman class.
1959 First graduating class.
1962 Initial accreditation as a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
Inaugurated intercollegiate basketball, Wheeling College Cardinals.
1970 First lay Academic Dean.
1975 Adult Education Program/Evening Division established.
First clinical science programs approved.
1976 Bachelor of Science in Nursing program approved.
1978 Graduate business courses added; MBA program begun.
1981 Laut scholarship program begun.First competitive scholarship given by the College.
1983 English Language Institute begun.
1984 Master of Religious Education program started.
On December 15th, the first Mass was celebrated by Bishop John Hodges in the Chapel of Mary and Joseph.
1985 Bishop Francis B. Schulte dedicated the Chapel of Mary and Joseph on September 15th.
1988 Word "Jesuit" is added to make College name Wheeling Jesuit College.
1989 Physical Therapy program approved.
First Capital Campaign Complete: A Force for Excellence. Achieved: $10,000,000
1990 Federal funding approved through NASA for Classroom of the Future and the National Technology Transfer Center.
1993 Master programs established in Nursing Administration, Physical Therapy, and Commercialization and Technology Transfer.
Alma Grace McDonough Health and Recreation Center completed.
1994 New Mission Statement adopted by Board of Directors.
Completion of Ignatius Hall.
Completion of the Erma Ora Byrd Center for Educational Technologies.
Center for Educational Technologies Dedicated.
1995 Completion of the Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center.
1995 Federal funding approved by the National Institute of Justice for Office of Law Enforcement Technology Commercialization.
1996 Name changed to Wheeling Jesuit University.
1997 Completion of running track, grandstand, press box, and field lighting.
Total renovation of Swint Hall completed.
Dedication of the Robert C. Byrd, National Technology Transfer Center and naming of the Erma Ora Byrd, Center for Educational Technologies.
1998 Dedication and naming of the Troy Theater for the second president, Father William F. Troy, S.J.
1999 Student Center in Swint Hall named for William and Alyce Cafaro.
Dedication of the outdoor athletic complex: James LaRosa softball and soccer field, the Bill Van Horne Grandstand, and the Mrs. Lenore Joseph Press Box.
Lantz Farm in Jacksonburg, West Virginia, for a retreat and nature preserve gifted to Wheeling Jesuit University.
2000 Philip and Evelyn Kirby Hall and John and Mary McShain Admissions Center Dedicated.
Phase II grandstands completed.
Steenrod Graduate Housing completed.
2001 Inauguration of Rev. George F. Lundy, S.J., Ph.D., sixth president of Wheeling Jesuit University.
2002 Dedication of the Thomas S. Acker, S.J., Science Center and the expansion of the Erma Ora Byrd Center for Educational Technologies.
2003 Rev. Joseph R. Hacala, S.J., named seventh president of Wheeling Jesuit University.
2004 Celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Wheeling Jesuit University.
2005 Accelerated Certification for Teaching Program established.
Community Alert Online initiated.
2006 Dedication of Hawk Auditorium.
2007 Rev. Julio Giulietti, S.J., installed as eighth president of Wheeling Jesuit University
Master of Science in Organizational Leadership Program established.
2008 University's Charleston Center opens.
2011 Richard Allen Beyer named ninth and first lay president of Wheeling Jesuit University
2013 James Fleming S.J. named tenth president of Wheeling Jesuit University

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