President, Wheeling Jesuit University
Dr. Michael P. Mihalyo, Jr. began serving as the 12th president of Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) on August 15, 2018. He suceeded Dr. Debra Townsley, who had served as interim president since February 2017.
Dr. Mihalyo has more than two decades of experience in higher education. Most recently, he served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Rockford University in Rockford, Illinois. Prior to his time at Rockford, he served as President of the Kentucky-based Appalachian College Association. In addition, he served as President, Chancellor and Provost at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia, and as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia, where he also served on the faculty.
Dr. Mihalyo’s Upper Ohio Valley roots are strong: the son of Michael and the late Marianne Brody Mihalyo, he originally hails from Mingo Junction, Ohio. An accomplished musician, Dr. Mihalyo has enjoyed an active career in chamber and church music. Among the highlights of his music ministry career is a series of services and concerts that he conducted in Italy, including Vatican City, Rome and the surrounding area with the St. Peter Festival Choir of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mihalyo holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from West Virginia University and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Duquesne University, each in piano performance.
Along with his own connections to the region, Dr. Mihalyo has strong familial ties to WJU. His sister, Kimberly Mihalyo Abdalah, is a graduate of the class of 1995, and was elected to the WJU Athletic Hall of fame in 2000. Her husband, Dr. Marvin Abdalah, is a graduate of the class of 1994, and was elected to the WJU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014. Both were members of the Cross Country team during their time as undergraduates. Dr. Mihalyo’s niece, Molly Metcalf, is also a WJU alum, having recently graduated in 2017.
Dr. Michael P. Mihalyo, Jr.
Wheeling Jesuit University
Dr. Michael P. Mihalyo, Jr. has served as president of Wheeling Jesuit University since August 2018.