The University of Scranton on Wednesday appointed its 25th president, a Jesuit professor of law who has taught at Santa Clara and Georgetown Universities.

The Rev. Kevin P. Quinn succeeds the Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, who is leaving to become president of Marquette University in Milwaukee, according to a statement by a Scranton spokesman. Quinn, who specializes in health care ethics, has been on the Santa Clara law faculty since 2007. He previously taught law at Georgetown for 16 years. Ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1985, Quinn is a graduate of Fordham University and holds advanced degrees in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Calif.

He later received his law and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, according to a biography on the Santa Clara University website. He assumes his new duties July 1. - Sam Wood