It is with great sorrow that we come together today with the departure of our president and dear friend, Fr. Julio Giulietti, S.J. We have all come here to seek the truth, and to know and understand what has happened within the university walls and what has become of the reputation of WJU. In this light, please invite anyone to read the blog and feel free to comment as you wish.

Any posts with profanity are not welcome, otherwise, please speak your mind. You are a part of this university and we want to hear your voice!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Visit to Wheeling

Recently back from business in Brussels and then another back from Columbus, OH, when I passed through Wheeling. Spent some time on campus to discover that Fr. Giulietti's portrait does not appear on the wall of the hall of "X's" leading to the president's office. Portraits of other presidents who met a similar fate as Fr. Julio's appear on the long row. I am told by a Jesuit in DC that Rev. William George was sent to rescue the college's accounts, but that he feels frustrated by the lack of any serious response by alumni or former board members to any fundraising outreach.

There is some connection here. Fr. Julio's non-appearance on the long wall of X presidents is probably one big reason even benign alumni are not interested in supporting the school. I heard many locals have switched to supporting West Liberty University's sports teams. Others to charities more local to them. Probably another reason is that many do not believe the school has any future past three years.

Rev. George, put up Fr. Julio's portrait. It just might make your life a bit less dismal.

-Larry Catraro