Colorado Public Television interviewed Fr. Michael Sheeran, S.J. in May as he was reaching his retirement and reflecting on his time as president of Regis University.
During his tenure of 19 years, a new chapel has been built, learning laboratories have come to fruition and the university experienced growth of the overall student body and campus locations.
While these are wonderful accomplishments for the university, Father Sheeran believes that the most important evolution to take place during his tenure has been the establishment of Regis University as a leader in service to others.
“As students have come to see that as their call, people just feel out of step if they’re not in involved in community service,” he explained. “And that is the thing I’ve been proudest of.”
As the only Jesuit University in Colorado, Dominic Dezzutti from Colorado Public Television asked Father Sheeran about how the Jesuit tradition at Regis impacts our students.
“I guess the thing that would be critical is, from the time that the Jesuits were founded over 400 years ago, about 450 actually, the idea was always, ‘We can’t alone [as] Jesuits, change the world. But we can have the leverage through our students to make the world different.”
This foundation becomes a part of each student, and upon graduating, they continue to carry that tradition into their personal and professional lives, “to make a fine community and a fine world.”
From the Denver Post: Regis University president Father Sheeran’s last speech marks many milestones