SUNDAY
February 18, 2001
volume 12, no. 49

Georgetown University Chooses First Layman as President



    WASHINGTON, DC, Feb. 16, 01 (CWNews.com) - Georgetown University announced on Friday that it has chosen the first person who is not a Jesuit priest to lead the country's oldest Catholic university.

    John J. DeGioia, Georgetown's senior vice president, will succeed Father Leo J. O'Donovan, when he retires in June after 12 years as president. DeGioia, 44, is a 1979 graduate of the school, was a philosophy professor starting in 1995, and became senior vice president in charge of finances, student housing, information technology, and other services in 1998.

    Although Cardinal-designate Theodore McCarrick of Washington expressed disappointment that a Jesuit priest would not continue the unbroken tradition of Jesuit leadership since 1792, the cardinal-designate issued a statement praising DeGioia's qualifications. "He is known and respected as a fine Catholic educator," he said.

    DeGioia is the first layman to head any of the country's 28 Jesuit colleges or universities. Conservative Catholics viewed the appointment as a blow to orthodoxy at the school.


February 18, 2001
volume 12, no. 49
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