Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. is the President of Georgetown Preparatory School. Father Pilarz’s long commitment to Catholic education began in his youth in New Jersey and at Camden Catholic High School, where he now serves as chair of the board. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown University in 1981, the same year that he entered the Society of Jesus. As part of his Jesuit formation, he earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University and master’s degrees in divinity and theology from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology (Boston College School of Theology and Ministry). He was ordained a priest in 1992.
Father Pilarz holds a doctoral degree in English from the City University of New York, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on the poetry of St. Robert Southwell, S.J., and John Donne, which won the CUNY Alumni Achievement Prize for Dissertation Excellence. While completing his doctoral studies, Father Pilarz was appointed to the English faculty at Saint Joseph’s University. Father Pilarz also served as a professor of English at Georgetown.
Father Pilarz served as president of The University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania, from 2003 to 2011. During his tenure, Scranton earned national recognition for academic quality, student success and community engagement. Father Pilarz also served as the twenty-third president of Marquette University from 2011 to 2013.