John J. DeGioia

  • Georgetown University

Jack DeGioia is President of Georgetown University. For over three decades, he has helped to define and strengthen the 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. As President, Jack 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. He addresses broader issues in higher education as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Forum for the Future of Higher Education; as Vice-chair of the American Council on Education; as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and of 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, Jack 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. Jack 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 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.