They chose a fellow Trustee: Fr. John LoSchiavo, S.J., a former campus Dean of Men and former president of Bellarmine college preparatory school.
presidency began smoothly enough.
The Association membership hoped that Fr. LoSchiavo
could and would choose to rebuild cooperation and trust between the University and its faculty and librarians.
But the honeymoon was short lived, and it soon became clear that building the Koret Center
and gutting the collective bargaining agreement were Fr. LoSchiavo's
never articulated an academic vision for the university.
The 1977 salary negotiations were hard fought but successfully concluded.
When salary negotiations stalled in 1978 and the University feared that the Association would authorize a strike (as it had done in 1976), Fr. LoSchiavo
instituted a modular plan that reorganized the semester into five three-week modules.
Unfortunately, Fr. LoSchiavo's
priorities lay elsewhere.
The Koret Center
would be completed, but gutting the collective bargaining agreement had remained beyond his
In the Spring of 1986, with the entire contract up for renegotiation, Fr. LoSchiavo
The Association even picketed the Columbus Day parade when Fr. LoSchiavo was its grand marshal, hiring a biplane to buzz Market Street trailing a banner proclaiming that USF was unfair to its faculty.
Despite the conclusion of a new agreement, Fr. LoSchiavo
remained bitter at the Association and publicly displayed his
bitterness at a campus ceremony, attended by the chairman of the Board of Trustees, convened in order to foster reconciliation between the Association and the University.
Faculty morale continued to deteriorate due to grim enrollment statistics, the shrinking number of full-time faculty and the University's failure to adequately maintain and upgrade its academic infrastructure.
Some faculty began to circulate a petition expressing "no confidence" in Fr. LoSchiavo
, although the Association neither sponsored or assisted in this effort.
In any event, the Trustees had had enough.
They asked Fr. LoSchiavo
to retire after almost 15 years of bitter relationships between faculty and administration, chronic campus turmoil, low faculty morale and deteriorating academic standing.
Fr. LoSchiavo stepped down in 1989 and the search for his successor began.
presidency Fr. LoSchiavo
had treated faculty and librarians as if they were the university's liabilities rather than its assets.
Every retirement became an opportunity to reduce their ranks, and the number of faculty and librarians dwindled, The university risked jeopardizing its future as it jettisoned expense without realizing the impact on revenue.
saved the university by preserving due process and tenure, by improving faculty and librarian compensation and by maintaining academic freedom and academic standards.
These efforts helped preserve and maintain a good faculty, which kept the University from tumbling down into the ranks of the small Catholic denominational colleges that dot the San Francisco Bay area.
Fr. John Schlegel, S.J. replaced Fr. LoSchiavo in 1989.