Catholic West Virginia college hires new president

Catholic West Virginia college hires new president

Catholic West Virginia college hires new president

The entrance of then-Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.Va., is pictured in this undated photo. (Credit: Colleen Rowan/The Catholic Spirit via CNS.)

A financially-troubled Catholic college in West Virginia has hired a new president.

WHEELING, West Virginia — A financially-troubled Catholic college in West Virginia has hired a new president.

Wheeling University said on Monday that Ginny Favede will become its 13th president. She has served as chairwoman of the university’s Board of Trustees since July.

She replaces Michael Mihalyo, who was placed on leave in August. News outlets report Mihalyo is now suing the school, saying it lied to regulators about its finances.

Wheeling University cut more than half its academic programs this fall due to financial concerns. It will resume offering majors in biology, engineering science and English in January. The school also will reinstate five sports teams starting next fall.

Earlier this year, the school changed its name from Wheeling Jesuit University and ended its affiliation with the Jesuit order while maintaining its Catholic identity.


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