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This is the Notre Dame I came to love while living in Grace Hall and studying philosophy in the 1970s. It’s the Notre Dame where I returned to teach philosophy and serve the students as a priest of Notre Dame’s founding order, the Congregation of Holy Cross. It’s the Notre Dame that later called me to further service as its 17th president. I hope your visit to our website encourages you to visit us in person soon.
In Notre Dame,
Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
John T. McGreevy, a distinguished historian and former dean of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost of the University by its Board of Trustees, acting on the recommendation of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and informed by a search committee of elected and appointed faculty and students. The appointment is effective July 1.
Each year since 2005, it has been our custom to choose a central theme of particular importance to the University, the nation, and the larger world, and to address this theme from multiple perspectives through the Notre Dame Forum. I write to announce that the theme for the 2022-23 Notre Dame Forum will be War and Peace.
As we celebrate Juneteenth, we mark the 157th anniversary of the freeing of the last enslaved peoples in the United States by advancing federal troops in Galveston, Texas. Although the day calls for celebration, it is also a sober reminder that in the years since, descendants of African Americans who were enslaved have had to endure the enforced segregation of Jim Crow laws, lynching, and discriminatory attitudes and practices. The struggle for equity and justice for African Americans did not end on the first Juneteenth. It continues today, and we at Notre Dame must remain committed to it.
I am very pleased to announce that the University's Board of Trustees has elected John McGreevy as the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost of the University. John is the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, and formerly chair of the Department of History (2002-2008) and the I.A. O'Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters (2008-2018). The Board's election was based upon my recommendation and was informed by the assessment of the search committee.