For over three decades, John J. DeGioia has helped to define and strengthen Georgetown University as a premier institution for education and research. Since graduating from the University in 1979, he has served both as a senior administrator and as a faculty member. On July 1, 2001, he became Georgetown's 48th president.
As president, Dr. DeGioia is deeply committed to sustaining academic excellence at Georgetown. He has helped to recruit intellectual leaders to the faculty and secured substantial funding for scholarly research and academic programs.
Under Dr. DeGioia's leadership, the University completed the largest fund-raising effort in University history, the Third Century Campaign. This $1 billion capital campaign benefited Georgetown's Main, Medical, and Law Center campuses by securing endowment funds for curriculum and faculty support, increasing student financial aid, and building and renovating facilities. In 2002-2003, Dr. DeGioia also oversaw the largest expansion of campus facilities, with the Southwest Quadrangle - a one million square-foot complex of student housing; study, seminar and music rooms; and a new Jesuit Community Residence - at the forefront.
Dr. DeGioia addresses broader issues in higher education as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Forum for the Future of Higher Education and the Consortium on Financing Higher Education; as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metro Area, of the Board of Directors for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, and of the Executive Committee of the Council on Competitiveness; and as a Commissioner on the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.
To prepare young people for leadership roles in the global community, Dr. DeGioia has expanded opportunities for intercultural and interreligious dialogue, welcomed world leaders to campus, and convened international conferences to address challenging issues. He represents Georgetown at the World Economic Forum and the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Dr. DeGioia has enhanced Georgetown's relationship with the many political, cultural, corporate, and economic resources of Washington, D.C., and is a strong supporter of Georgetown's social justice initiatives that seek to improve opportunities for Washington's underserved neighborhoods.
Dr. DeGioia places special emphasis on sustaining and strengthening Georgetown's Catholic and Jesuit identity and its responsibility to serve as a voice and an instrument for justice, and he has been a strong advocate for inter-religious dialogue. He is a member of the Order of Malta, a lay religious order of the Roman Catholic Church dedicated to serving the sick and the poor, and is a member of the Board of Governors of the John Carroll Society.
Academic, Professional, and Personal
Dr. DeGioia is a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy. He earned a bachelor's degree in English from Georgetown University in 1979 and his PhD in Philosophy from the University in 1995. He has most recently taught an Ignatius Seminar called “Working on Ourselves: Imagination, Interior Freedom and the Academy.” Previous courses include “Living Global,” “Interior Freedom and the Academy,” “Ethics and Global Development,” and, “Human Rights: A Culture in Crisis.”
Prior to his appointment as president, Dr. DeGioia held a variety of senior administrative positions at Georgetown, including senior vice president and dean of student affairs.
He has been presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Academia by the Sons of Italy, and the Catholic in the Public Square Award by Commonweal. He was also named a Brave Thinker by The Atlantic magazine and a Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine.
Dr. DeGioia was raised in Orange, Connecticut, and Hanford, California. He and his wife, Theresa Miller DeGioia, a Georgetown alumna, and their son, John Thomas, live in Washington, D.C.
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