Jesuit Father Joseph M. O’Keefe has been named the 27th president of Saint Joseph’s University. Fr. O’Keefe, who is currently the dean of the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, will take office May 18, 2011, succeeding Jesuit Father Timothy R. Lannon, who is leaving to become president of Creighton University.
A nationally and internationally renowned educator with expertise in urban Catholic schools, international comparative education and community service learning, O’Keefe holds a doctoral degree in administration, planning and social policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross and master’s degrees in French literature and divinity from Fordham University and Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, respectively.
O’Keefe has been the dean at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education since 2005, after serving as the school’s associate dean (2001-03) and then interim dean (2003-05). He has written extensively about Catholic education and the challenges facing Catholic schools, both urban and rural, in the 21st century, with a focus on providing educational opportunities at all levels, particularly for those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and underserved populations.
O’Keefe also serves on the boards of Loyola University New Orleans and Marquette University. He has been a visiting scholar at Catholic University of America and Australian Catholic University and a visiting associate professor at Georgetown University, where he held the Jesuit Chair in Education.