Father Jenkins to join higher education Cabinet

Author: Shannon Chapla


University of Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., is among 57 presidents of colleges, universities and higher education associations selected to serve on the inaugural Chronicle of Higher Education/New York Times Higher Education Cabinet.

The Cabinet, which will strive to create a community of forward-thinking presidents and chancellors to identify the key issues and trends in higher education, will hold its first meeting Sept. 15 (Monday) at The New York Times headquarters in Manhattan.

President of Notre Dame since 2005, Father Jenkins also has served as a member of the Universitys philosophy faculty since 1990.He had served from 2000 until his election as president as a vice president and associate provost at Notre Dame.Prior to his service in the provosts office, Father Jenkins had been religious superior of the Holy Cross priests and brothers at Notre Dame for three years.

Father Jenkins specializes in the areas of ancient philosophy, medieval philosophy and the philosophy of religion. He is the author ofKnowledge and Faith in Thomas Aquinas,published by Cambridge University Press in 1997, and has had scholarly articles published in The Journal of Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy and Theology, and The Journal of Religious Ethics.

Father Jenkins earned masters and doctoral degrees in philosophy from Oxford University in 1987 and 1989.He earned his master of divinity degree and licentiate in sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Calif., in 1988.Prior to entering the Congregation of Holy Cross, he earned bachelors and masters degrees in philosophy from Notre Dame in 1976 and 1978, respectively.

Ordained a priest in Notre Dames Basilica of the Sacred Heart in 1983, Father Jenkins served as director of the Old College program for Notre Dame undergraduate candidates for the Congregation of Holy Cross from 1991 to 1993.

Other presidents joining the Cabinet are from the University of Minnesota, Tufts University, University of Pennsylvania, George Washington University, Washington University in St. Louis and University of California, as well as Vassar, Reed, Pomona and Spelman Colleges.

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Originally published by Shannon Chapla at news.nd.edu on August 03, 2008.