New Saint Joe's President Can't Serve

University's incoming president unable to serve for health reasons

Officials at Saint Joseph's University say the school's incoming president will be unable to assume the post for health reasons.

The university announced Thursday that the Rev. Joseph O'Keefe will not lead the Jesuit Catholic institution in Philadelphia because of “serious cardiovascular issues.”

O'Keefe had been slated to take the helm from the Rev. Timothy Lannon on May 18. O'Keefe served as dean of Boston College's Lynch School of Education since 2005.

Lannon is leaving to become president of Creighton University in Nebraska. Saint Joseph's spokeswoman Harriet Goodheart says Lannon still intends to go to Creighton.

Goodheart says trustees of Saint Joseph's will meet next week to decide the university's next move.


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