Former University of San Francisco President Dies at 90

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LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) —

The Rev. John Lo Schiavo, former president of the University of San Francisco who presided over the university’s resurgence and a shutdown of its basketball program, died Friday. He was 90.

USF says Lo Schiavo died peacefully in the infirmary at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos.

A San Francisco native, Lo Schiavo was born in 1925 to Italian immigrants.

His 65-year association with USF began in 1950, when he became an instructor of philosophy. He began a 14-year presidency in 1977.

One of his main achievements was getting the university out of debt and significantly growing its endowment from $4.6 million in 1976 to $38.7 million in 1991.

His presidency was not without controversy: In 1982 he shut down the university’s highly successful Division I basketball program after numerous recruiting violations.