- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The president and vice president of Saint Joseph’s University will step down next year after a period marked by financial concerns and no-confidence votes.

The Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie announced plans to resign in June, following a three-year term as president. Senior vice president John Smithson will also leave in June, the university announced Friday.

The moves come amid criticism of a proposed plan to accept 1,500 students this fall, about 225 more than last year. Some students and other critics felt that would make the private Jesuit school appear less selective, and the plan has not been enacted.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (https://goo.gl/dwnwPY ) reported that the business faculty had issued a vote of no confidence in Gillespie, while the general faculty reached the same vote about Smithson’s tenure.

“I recognize that the best interests of the university require a different approach in leadership,” Gillespie, a 1972 Saint Joe’s grad, said in a statement.

The Roman Catholic university, with 8,860 undergraduate and graduate students, plans to conduct a search for a new president.

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