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Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Announces Jesuit Father Michael J. Sheeran as President


The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), which serves the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S., has announced that Jesuit Father Michael J. Sheeran will begin his tenure as president on April 1. He succeeds Jesuit Father Gregory F. Lucey, who has served as president since 2011.

“It is a great privilege to lead the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. We will work to advance the mission of Jesuit higher education: to help students lead exemplary lives and grow in service, faith and justice,” said Fr. Sheeran.

Prior to his new post, Fr. Sheeran had been president of Regis University in Denver for 20 years. He also served as the university’s academic vice president and academic dean. Under Fr. Sheeran’s leadership, Regis University’s student enrollment doubled. He also oversaw the development of Regis’ online academic programs, established partnerships with international Jesuit institutions and hosted Pope John Paul II and President Bill Clinton on campus in 1993.

Fr. Sheeran entered the Society of Jesus in 1957 and was ordained a priest in 1970. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University and has taught at Regis University, Saint Louis University and Regis Jesuit High School in Denver.

Jesuit Father Stephen V. Sundborg, AJCU Board of Directors Chair and president of Seattle University, said, “On behalf of the AJCU Board of Directors, I welcome Fr. Sheeran as the new president of AJCU and thank him for his service. We also thank Fr. Lucey for his outstanding leadership over the past two years, and we wish him well in his return to Spring Hill College as its chancellor.” [AJCU]

Jesuit Honored for Service to Higher Education

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Jesuit Father Charles Currie, president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), has received the 2011 Henry Paley Memorial Award from the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), which recognizes an individual who, throughout his or her career, has unfailingly served the students and faculty of independent higher education.

Fr. Currie is one of the best known advocates for independent higher education in Washington, across the country and internationally. During his tenure, the AJCU has moved to the forefront of efforts to preserve student aid, increase access to the underserved and strengthen the nation’s educational system in providing greater opportunities for a college education among underserved populations.

Currie also recently received a special award from The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The 2011 CHEA Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes was presented to him for his leadership “in developing and applying evidence of student learning outcomes to improve higher education quality and accountability.”

AJCU President Jesuit Father Currie Honored with “Robert M. Holstein: Faith Doing Justice” Award

CurrieOn October 20, the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) presented Jesuit Father Charles Currie, president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), with the “Robert M. Holstein Award: Faith Doing Justice” award.  Fr. Currie was the first recipient of the award, which recognizes an individual who exhibits a commitment to the Ignatian values of leadership, service and social justice.

Among those in attendance at the event were Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Alan Mollohan (D-WV), who offered their congratulations to Fr. Currie for his leadership and his work on behalf of social justice.

 “I have never met a man more committed to social justice, and all causes that are good, than my dear friend Charlie Currie,” said Congressman McGovern. “His work with the Ignatian Solidarity Network inspires new generations to serve all humanity.”

“Whether he is ministering to our individual needs – attending to us when we’re born, when we marry, when we fall ill, and when we die – or pursuing social justice in the larger world, Father Currie is a priest’s priest,” said Congressman Mollohan. “He’s a man of uncommon strength and profound compassion.  He carries with him both a vision of a better world and a commitment to make that vision reality.”

Read more about  Fr. Currie’s acceptance of the Robert M. Holstein Award at AJCU’s website.