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J. Donald Monan, S.J.

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J. Donald Monan, S.J., assumed the newly created post of Chancellor in August, 1996, following 24 years as Boston College President—the longest presidential tenure in the University’s history. Prior to joining Boston College in August, 1972, Father Monan held positions as Acting President, Vice President, Academic Dean, Chairman of the Philosophy Department, Professor and Instructor at Le Moyne College in New York, and Instructor of Philosophy at St. Peter’s College in New Jersey. Father Monan entered the Society of Jesus in 1942 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1955. He holds A.B., Ph.L. and S.T.L. degrees from Woodstock College and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Louvain in Belgium. In addition, he has conducted postdoctoral research at numerous universities. He is former chairman of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, served as a director of the Bank of Boston (1976-96), as interim president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (1996-97), and co-chair of the Massachusetts Summit for the Promise of our Youth (1997). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of One to One/The National Mentoring Partnership, of the Massachusetts Mentoring Partnership, of which he served as co-chair from 1992-2001, of the Naval Academy Endowment Trust, of the Yawkey Foundation, and on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of Le Moyne College. Father Monan is also a member of the Jesuit Philosophical Association, the Society of Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, the Society of Ancient Greek Philosophy, and the Massachusetts Historical Society.