Newly Named Interim Provost Gillis Meets SLU Community
Interim Provost Chester (Chet) Gillis, Ph.D., a former nine-year dean of Georgetown
College at Georgetown University, introduced himself to the Saint Louis University
community this week at three open forums.
Gillis was appointed last week to serve as SLU's interim provost, effective Jan. 1,
2019. His two and one-half year appointment begins after he has completed a Georgetown
University teaching commitment.
Gillis met with faculty and staff at the law school on Monday and held meetings at
the south and north ends of campus on Tuesday. He will visit the Madrid Campus some
time this fall.
Gillis is an eminent theologian, professor and scholar who has authored numerous scholarly
works on Roman Catholicism that are widely cited. He was frequently consulted by national
media during the papacies of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, and during the
conclave and election of Pope Francis.
He has been on faculty at Georgetown University since 1988, having received his Ph.D.,
in theology from the University of Chicago, and his masters, Ph.D., and Ph.B. from
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium.
A national search for a permanent provost is expected to begin the summer of 2020,
culminating in the role being filled July 2021.