Robert Niehoff, S.J., who was appointed president of John Carroll University on April 7, 2005, will speak about making college accessible and affordable to all qualified students, particularly those who come from underserved segments of the population, and what institutions are doing in response to the critical need to expand the pool of college-educated persons.
Father Niehoff was associate provost and vice president for Planning and Budget of the University of San Francisco before joining John Carroll. He has worked in higher education, non-profit organizations, and church and Jesuit community administration.
Niehoff joined the Society of Jesus in 1972, and completed a B.A. degree in philosophy, two master's degrees in theology, an MBA at the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. at Gonzaga University. Since ordination in 1982, he has served as treasurer of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley; associate treasurer of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus; financial officer of the Archdiocese of Nassau, in the Bahamas; financial analyst, co-director for Mission and Identity, and assistant to the vice president for Student Life at Gonzaga University.
Niehoff is currently the vice chair of the board and chair of the Audit Committee of Wheeling Jesuit University, where he also chairs the board of trustees, and serves on the executive committee, and the academic affairs committee. He is a member of the academic affairs and finance committees of Saint Louis University's board of trustees, the University Mission and Financial and Business Affairs Committees of Regis University's board of trustees, and the audit and finance committee of the Georgetown University board. He also serves on the finance committee of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus and chairs its Audit Committee, the Cleveland Saint Ignatius High School Board of Regents, the Caritas Connection Board of Directors, and the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management.