On Wednesday, Dr. Michael Mihalyo, Jr., president of Wheeling Jesuit University, announced that the University will remain open for the 2019-2020 academic year. Yesterday, in a follow-up e-mail to the campus community, Dr. Mihalyo announced that eight programs will be offered next fall; all others will be suspended.

For more than sixty years, Wheeling Jesuit University has served thousands of students who seek a Jesuit education in a part of the country that has often been neglected. These students have majored in fields ranging from philosophy, theology and English to nursing, business and the sciences. In the process, they have learned how to become well-rounded individuals committed to serving others, and finding God in all things. They have made a difference in their local community through dedicated service, and continue to model their Jesuit education after graduation across the country and the world.

The presidents, faculty and staff of the nation’s Jesuit colleges and universities share relief that Wheeling Jesuit will stay open next year, as well as the concern of the Wheeling leadership for the impact of program cuts on hundreds of students, faculty and staff. The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) has been in communication with Wheeling Jesuit to offer assistance and support, and will continue to do so in the weeks to come.