John J. DeGioia

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John J. DeGioia
John J. DeGioia at the World Economic Forum Summit on the Global Agenda 2008.jpg
DeGioia speaking at the World Economic Forum Summit on the Global Agenda 2008.
48th President of Georgetown University
Assumed office
July 1, 2001
Preceded by Rev. Leo O'Donovan, S.J.
Personal details
Born 1957
Connecticut, United States
Residence Washington, D.C.
Alma mater Georgetown University
Religion Roman Catholic

John J. "Jack" DeGioia (born 1957) became the 48th and current President of Georgetown University on July 1, 2001.[1] He is the first lay president of the school, and in August 2014, became its longest-serving president.[2]

Early life[edit]

DeGioia graduated from Georgetown University's College of Arts and Sciences in 1979 with a B.A. in English and from the Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1995 with a PhD in philosophy.[3][4]


DeGioia remains a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy.[5] He also periodically teaches seminars for freshmen.[6] During his tenure as president, DeGioia has overseen the largest addition of campus facilities.[7]

Honors and affiliations[edit]

Three older, white men in suits and ties stand on a stone balcony, with trees and brick buildings behind them.
DeGioia meets with U.S. President Bill Clinton and his White House Chief of Staff John Podesta

DeGioia serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of both Campus Compact[8] and the Forum for the Future of Higher Education.[9] He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities;[10] the Executive Committee of the Council on Competitiveness;[11] the Big East Executive Committee;[12] and as a commissioner on the Knight Commission for Intercollegiate Athletics.[13] DeGioia represents the university at the World Economic Forum[14] and the Council on Foreign Relations.[15]

DeGioia has several received honorary degrees, including: Sacred Heart University (2011),[16] Queen’s University Belfast (2009),[17] Loyola University Maryland (2009),[18] and Miami Dade College (2008).[19]

The Sons of Italy presented DeGioia with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Academia in 2004.[20] In 2008, The Washingtonian named him a Washingtonian of the Year.[21] He is also a member of the CuriosityStream Advisory Board.[22]


  1. ^ "Meet Our President - Georgetown University". 2010-01-18. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  2. ^ "Georgetown University’s Unique Place". The Georgetowner. May 7, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ Hinchliffe, Emma (August 26, 2014). "13 Years In, DeGioia Outlasts Predecessors in President’s Office". The Hoya. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Biography: President John J. DeGioia". Georgetown University. 
  5. ^ Department of Philosophy. "Affiliated Faculty - Department of Philosophy - Georgetown College". Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  6. ^ "Biography: President John J. DeGioia". Georgetown University. 
  7. ^ Russo, Glenn (October 14, 2011). "10 Years In: Gauging DeGioia’s Impact". The Hoya. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ Post Your Own. "John J. DeGioia | Campus Compact". Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  9. ^ "Forum". Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  10. ^ "Board". Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  11. ^ "Members and Affiliates —". 1998-02-01. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Members & Bios". Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ "Membership Roster - Council on Foreign Relations". Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  16. ^ "Georgetown University President to Receive Honorary Doctorate at Special Academic Convocation - Sacred Heart University". Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  17. ^ "Queen's University Belfast: Centenary, 1908 - 2008". Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  18. ^ "Loyola - Media - News". 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  19. ^ "Pelosi: You are the American dream. - MDC College Forum - Volume 12, Number 6". Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  20. ^ "Order Sons of Italy in America® - Press Releases - Archived Press Releases". Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  21. ^ "2008's Washingtonians of the Year: John Degioia - News & Features". Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  22. ^ "CuriosityStream Advisory Board". Retrieved 31 August 2015. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Rev. Leo O'Donovan, S.J.
President of Georgetown University
Succeeded by