The next year, USF President, Fr. John LoSchiavo, suspended the program indefinitely.
Fr. LoSchiavo reinstated the program in 1985 but he raised the admission standards for athletes significantly, which has made it much more difficult die coaches to recruit top athletes, which makes Walters' honor that much more significant.
Celebrating the Life of Former Trustee John LoSchiavo, SJ
Posted May 21, 2015
John LoSchiavo, SJ, who served on the Convent & Stuart Hall Board of Trustees from 1991-2000, died on May 15 at the age of 90.Fr. LoSchiavo is widely known in San Francisco from his long leadership tenure at the University of San Francisco.
While he served on our Board he was also Chancellor of USF, having previously served as President of USF from 1977 to 1991.In his more than four decades at the university he also served at different times as Trustee, Chairman of the Board, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students, and Professor of Philosophy and Theology.He brought to the Convent & Stuart Hall community a wealth of knowledge in education administration and service to mission.
They chose a fellow Trustee: Fr. John LoSchiavo, S.J., a former campus Dean of Men and former president of Bellarmine college preparatory school.Fr. LoSchiavo's 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 principal priorities.
He 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 grasp.
In the Spring of 1986, with the entire contract up for renegotiation, Fr. LoSchiavo seized his opportunity.
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.
During his 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.
The USFFA 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.
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