Jesuits face a shrinking pool of university presidents

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The Rev. Lawrence Biondi, president of St. Louis University, attends the announcement of JIm Crews as the new head basketball coach on Friday, April 12, 2013, at Chaifetz Arena. Biondi announced Saturday that he will step down as president. Photo by Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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ST. LOUIS (RNS) For nearly two centuries, St. Louis University has been led by the Jesuits. But now, because of a rapidly shrinking pool of eligible leaders, SLU -- like many Jesuit schools -- could be lead by a lay person.