Paul Stark, S.J.
Vice President, Mission and Ministry
Paul Stark, S.J., is vice president of mission and ministry at Saint Louis University.
In his current position, Stark is charged with upholding SLU's Catholic, Jesuit identity, character, history and heritage. He oversees all areas of mission and ministry, including campus ministry, pastoral care at Saint Louis University Hospital and programs that foster the Jesuit and Catholic identity of the University.
A member of the Missouri Province, Father Stark entered the Society of Jesus in 1977, and has extensive experience as an educator, administrator and pastor.
Stark spent the first 15 years of his career teaching in Jesuit high schools. In 1993 he moved from secondary education to university ministry with a one-year stint in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University followed by six years at Saint Louis University.
Stark's first appointment at SLU was in campus ministry, overseeing the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Program and participating in the Bridges Program, among other responsibilities. In 1996, he was appointed vice president for student development where his innovative ideas for enhancing student formation and service learning earned him, and SLU, national recognition. In 2000, he briefly left SLU to serve in student development and as director of mission and identity at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia, but returned to the University in 2008 as assistant vice president for alumni relations and annual giving.
Father Stark received his B.S.Ed. from the University of Kansas and a Master of Divinity from Regis College at the University of Toronto.