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Welcoming Two New Leaders

September 3 -- With the beginning of classes this week, Dr. DeGioia had the privilege of formally welcoming two new leaders to campus, Deans Edward B. Montgomery and William M. Treanor.

Dr. Montgomery joins our community as our new Dean of Georgetown Public Policy.  Dean Montgomery recently concluded service on President Obama’s Task Force on the Auto Industry and as the Executive Director of White House Council for Auto Communities and Workers, and he has had a rich career in government and  higher education.  Before his 2009 appointment by President Obama, he was Dean of the University of Maryland College of Behavioral and Social Sciences from 2003–2009, where he also served as a Professor of Economics since 1992.  As Dean of the University of Maryland’s largest college, he focused on building their social science research program which has ranked 10th in faculty productivity, broadening the undergraduate experience, and expanding diversity.  We all remain deeply grateful to William T. Gormley for his outstanding service and leadership as Interim Dean of GPPI. 

It is also a pleasure to welcome Dr. Treanor as our new Executive Vice President and Dean of the Georgetown University Law Center.  Dean Treanor joins our community from Fordham University, where he has served as Dean of Fordham Law School since 2002.  From 1998–2001, Dean Treanor served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, responsible for supplying advice to the White House and Attorney General.  Before coming to Fordham, he served as a government attorney, and was associate independent counsel during the Iran/Contra investigation.  Dean Treanor is also a renowned legal scholar with a focus in constitutional law.  We are deeply grateful to Judith Areen, Dean Emereta, for leading the Law Center during the search. 

The 2010-2011 Academic Year Begins!

Dr. DeGioia speaks with students at the NSO Thank You Dinner

Dr. DeGioia discusses NSO activities with a group of Orientation Advisors

September 1, 2010– Amidst a sea of florescent green, orange and pink t-shirts donned by our Orientation Advisors, New Student Orientation (NSO) festivities, Welcome Week, and the beginning of the 2010-2011 academic year have begun.

Throughout the week leading up to the beginning of classes today, Dr. DeGioia has had the pleasure of expressing Georgetown's deep gratitude to all those helping to welcome the newest members of our Georgetown community, whether freshmen, transfer students or new faculty.

From a picnic in honor of the police. firefighters and students who act as First Responders to campus emergencies; to a dinner celebrating the kickoff of NSO weekend with OAs and NSO organizers; to a picnic lunch in Leo's with new students and their families; to a breakfast thanking our dedicated Residence Life staff and a reception to welcome new faculty members, the week has been full of excitement, thankfulness and new beginnings.

The sense of new beginnings often is most strongly felt during our official university gatherings that accompany the start of the academic year.  Dr. DeGioia welcomed our newest law students on Friday evening in Gaston Hall with Dean Treanor, our freshmen and transfer students during Convocation on Sunday, and our graduate students yesterday morning in ICC auditorium with Dean Barbari.  The Mass of the Holy Spirit on Tuesday allowed our campus community to join together in celebration of the year ahead, infused with Georgetown's deep commitment to the Catholic and Jesuit value of becoming women and men for others.  

Read Dr. DeGioia's remarks at New Student Convocation and the Mass of the Holy Spirit.

View a photo gallery of the week's events here

Hoya Saxa and good luck as the year begins!

Dr. DeGioia Delivers Distinguished Lecture at the National University of Singapore

Dr. DeGioia takes questions following his Singapore Lecture

Dr. DeGioia responds to questions following his S.T. Lee Distinguished Lecture

August 20, 2010 -- Dr. DeGioia just has returned from Singapore, where he gave the 2010 S.T. Lee Distinguished Annual Lecture at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at National University of Singapore.  The University, among the top 25 in the world, has partnered with Georgetown and ten other leading universities to form the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London.  National University of Singapore also participates with Georgetown in student exchange programs based out of our law schools and our schools of public policy.

Dr. DeGioia's lecture, entitled "Globalization and the Responsibilities of the University," focused on four critical responsibilities: the development of young peoples' intellect in an increasingly globalized world; the formation of character and the "interior lives" of our students; the expansion of the concept of "globalization" to include ideas of human development and flourishing alongside economic realities; and the bridging of understanding across "boundaries and differences."  Read Dr. DeGioia's full remarks here.

While in Singapore, Dr. DeGioia also had the opportunity to visit with numerous Hoya alums at an event organized by Julia Chan, F'03, President of the Singapore Alumni Club, and graciously hosted by Rajeev Dello, B'92 and his wife, Alexandra, at their home.  The group enjoyed discussion centering on the development of global universities and Georgetown's role as a leader in this space, building on a dialogue running throughout the Georgetown alumni community.

Dr. DeGioia joins Hoyas in Singapore

Hoyas meet with Dr. DeGioia in Singapore

Dr. DeGioia Named Honorary Fellow at Glyndŵr University

Dr. DeGioia poses with colleagues at Glydwr University, Wales

Dr. DeGioia is named at Honorary Fellow at Glyndŵr University in Wales

July 9, 2010– Dr. DeGioia has been named an Honorary Fellow at Glyndŵr University, Wales, at the University's Wrexham Campus.

Glyndŵr University dates back to 1887, when it called the Wrexham School of Science and Art, and now encompasses an undergraduate student body of 8,000 students, hailing from all across the U.K. and the European Union.  Read about the Honorary Fellowship Ceremony here.

While in Wrexham, Dr. DeGioia also gave the inaugural lecture of The Gladstone Institute for Culture and Theological Studies at the historical St. Deiniol's Library.  His remarks focused on the counterbalancing tensions surrounding the work of the University in our increasingly globalized world.  Read his remarks here.

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