Fr. Mark Poorman
Fr. Mark Poorman

A committee at the University of Portland has announced two Holy Cross priests as finalists for the president's post. Father James Lies is vice president for mission at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. and Father Mark Poorman is executive vice president of U.P.

The two men were nominated by members of the Congregation of Holy Cross from around the country.  

The two are seeking to succeed Father William Beauchamp, who will retire at end end of this academic year. Father Beauchamp has led the university since 2003.

Thomas Arndorfer, chair of the 14-member presidential search committee, says both candidates are well qualified.

Father Lies also serves as associate professor of psychology at Stonehill. He previously served at the University of Portland from 2006 through 2012 as an associate professor and executive director of the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture. A graduate of the University of Saint Thomas, he received a master's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master of divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Father Poorman has held his current position at U.P. since 2011 as well as serving as a professor of theology and as pastoral resident of Schoenfeldt Hall. Before coming to Oregon, he served as vice president for student affairs at the University of Notre Dame from 1999 through 2010. Father Poorman is a graduate of the University of Illinois, received a master of divinity degree from the University of Notre Dame, and earned a Ph.D. in theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif.

The finalists will be on campus Jan. 14-15 for interviews. The committee will provide a recommendation to the Board of Regents, who will elect the president by secret written ballot at a meeting set for Saturday, Jan. 25.