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The Rev. James J. Fleming, S.J. is named the tenth president of WJU The Rev. James J. Fleming, S.J. is named the tenth president of WJU

Wheeling Jesuit University has appointed The Rev. James J. Fleming, S.J. as its 10th president. He will take the office on July 1.

The announcement was made Thursday at the school. Fleming joined Wheeling Jesuit in 2010, and became executive vice president in 2012.

He had previously worked at Boston College. Fleming will replace Richard Beyer, who decided not to seek a second term as president. Beyer had been president since 2010.

"Wheeling Jesuit University is a great institution possessing even greater potential. I'm excited to work with our exceptional faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends for many years to come to realize this potential. It has been a great privilege to be a part of this community for the past three years and I thank the Board of Trustees for their confidence and the opportunity to continue moving the university forward," said Fleming.

Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston released a statement regarding Fleming's appointment.

"I have known Fr. Fleming since his arrival on campus, and I have always been impressed with his enthusiasm, keen leadership and exceptional commitment to advancing the mission of Wheeling Jesuit," said Bransfield. "His collaboration with and support of Mr. Richard Beyer was exceptional, and I thank Mr. Beyer for moving the University forward in its enrollment, curriculum, alumni outreach and strategic planning."