Classics Scholar Appointed as Chair of Learned Societies Council
December 11, 2012 – The American Council of Learned Societies’ (ACLS) board of directors has appointed Georgetown’s James O’Donnell to serve as chair, effective Jan. 1.
O’Donnell, a university professor and former provost at Georgetown, will fill the term of Earl Lewis, who leaves the post to lead the Mellon Foundation.
“Jim O’Donnell takes up the chairmanship after years of dedicated service to ACLS and its mission of advancing the humanities,” said ACLS President Pauline Yu. “Jim is a scholar of tremendous accomplishment whose work has influenced fields from classics and religious studies to digital humanities and cyberculture.”
O’Donnell, a classical scholar and Latinist, served as provost of Georgetown from 2002 to 2012. He has been a member of the ACLS board of directors since 2005 and has held the post of board secretary since 2008.
“He has … distinguished himself as a dynamic academic administrator and as a leader of a learned society,” Yu said. “I join the officers and members of the ACLS board in congratulating Jim. We have all benefited from his counsel, and I have every confidence in his vision for the future of ACLS.”