Georgetown University is a private Jesuit research university in Washington, D.C. that was founded as Georgetown College by Bishop John Carroll of Baltimore in 1789.The president of Georgetown University is its chief executive officer, and from its establishment until the 1960s was also the rector of the university's Jesuit community. The president is elected by and may be removed by the university's board of directors, and is ex officio a member of the board. The president is also one of five members of the university's legal corporation, known as the President and Directors of Georgetown College, which was first chartered by the United States Congress in 1815.
The president is charged with control over the "business affairs and properties" of the university, and appoints the vice presidents and administrators and, with the concurrence of the board, appoints the provost, secretary, and treasurer of the university. The president may remove any officer, vice president, or administrator by his accord, except the provost, secretary, and treasurer, which require the concurrence of the board. In the event that the office is vacant, the powers of the presidency are exercised by the provost.The president is among the 100 highest-paid university presidents in the United States.
Of the 41 individuals to have held the office, nearly all have been Jesuits.Only one has been a member of another religious order while president: Louis William Valentine DuBourg, who was a Sulpician. Three presidents have gone on to become bishops: DuBourg, Leonard Neale, and Benedict Joseph Fenwick. Every president has been a Catholic priest except one, the current president, John J. DeGioia. Having assumed office on July 1, 2001, DeGioia is the university's longest-serving president.
|SJ||Society of Jesus|
|SS||Society of the Priests of Saint Sulpice|
|2||Robert Molyneux||1793–1796||Superior of the Jesuit Maryland Mission (1805–1808)|
|3||Louis William Valentine DuBourg||1796–1798||Founder and President of St. Mary's College (1799–1810); Bishop of Louisiana and the Two Floridas (1815–1826); Bishop of Montauban (1826–1833); Archbishop of Besançon (1833).|
|4||Leonard Neale||1798–1806||Coadjutor Bishop of Baltimore (1795–1815); Archbishop of Baltimore (1815–1817)|
|6||Francis Neale||1808–1809||Acting president|
|7||William Matthews||1809||President of the Washington Seminary (1824–1848). Georgetown alumnus. Was a Jesuit novice only for the duration of his presidency.|
|9||Giovanni Antonio Grassi||1812–1817||Superior of the Jesuit Maryland Mission (1812–1817); Provincial Superior of the Jesuit Province of Turin (1831–1835); Rector of the Pontificio Collegio Urbano de Propaganda Fide (1840–1842). Sometimes referred to as Georgetown's "second founder."|
|10||Benedict Joseph Fenwick||1817||Bishop of Boston (1825–1846). Georgetown alumnus.|
|11||Anthony Kohlmann||1817–1820||Apostolic Administrator of New York (1810–1815); Superior of the Jesuit Maryland Mission (1817–1819); President of the Washington Seminary (1820–1824).|
|13||Benedict Joseph Fenwick||1825||Acting president|
|14||Stephen Larigaudelle Dubuisson||1825–1826||Georgetown alumnus|
|16||John W. Beschter||1829|
|17||Thomas F. Mulledy||1829–1838||Provincial Superior of the Jesuit Maryland Province (1837–1840); President of the College of the Holy Cross (1843–1845). Georgetown alumnus.|
|18||William McSherry||1838–1839||Provincial Superior of the Jesuit Maryland Province (1833–1837, 1839). Georgetown alumnus.|
|19||Joseph A. Lopez||1839–1840||Acting president. First Latin American college president in the United States.|
|20||James A. Ryder||1840–1845||Provincial Superior of the Jesuit Maryland Province (1843–1845); President of the College of the Holy Cross (1845–1848); President of Saint Joseph's College (1856–1857). Georgetown alumnus.|
|21||Samuel Mulledy||1845||Georgetown alumnus|
|22||Thomas F. Mulledy||1845–1848|
|23||James A. Ryder||1848–1851|
|24||Charles H. Stonestreet||1851–1852||Provincial Superior of the Jesuit Maryland Province (1852–1858); President of Gonzaga College (1858–1860). Georgetown alumnus.|
|25||Bernard A. Maguire||1852–1858||Georgetown alumnus|
|26||John Early||1858–1865||President of the College of the Holy Cross (1848–1851); President of Loyola College in Maryland (1852–1858, 1866–1870). Georgetown alumnus.|
|27||Bernard A. Maguire||1866–1870|
|29||Patrick Francis Healy||1873–1882||First black American to become a Jesuit, earn a Ph.D. and become the president of a predominantly white American university. Sometimes referred to as Georgetown's "second founder."|
|30||James A. Doonan||1882–1888||Georgetown alumnus|
|31||J. Havens Richards||1888–1898|
|32||John D. Whitney||1898–1901|
|34||David Hillhouse Buel||1905–1908|
|35||Joseph J. Himmel||1908–1912||Rector of St. Andrew-on-Hudson (1915–1921)|
|36||Alphonsus J. Donlon||1912–1918||Georgetown alumnus|
|37||John B. Creeden||1918–1924|
|38||Charles W. Lyons||1924–1928||Rector of Gonzaga College (1908–1909); President of Saint Joseph's College (1909–1914); President of Boston College (1914–1919)|
|39||W. Coleman Nevils||1928–1935||President of the University of Scranton (1942–1947)|
|40||Arthur A. O'Leary||1935–1942|
|41||Lawrence C. Gorman||1942–1949|
|42||J. Hunter Guthrie||1949–1952|
|43||Edward B. Bunn||1952–1964||President of Loyola College in Maryland (1938–1947)|
|44||Gerard J. Campbell||1964–1968|
|45||Robert J. Henle||1969–1976|
|46||Timothy S. Healy||1976–1989||President of the New York Public Library (1989–1992)|
|47||Leo J. O'Donovan||1989–2001||Georgetown alumnus|
|48||John J. DeGioia||2001–present||First lay president of a Jesuit university in the United States. Georgetown alumnus.|
Benedict Joseph Fenwick was an American Catholic bishop, Jesuit, and educator who was the founder of the College of the Holy Cross and the Bishop of Boston from 1825 until his death in 1846. Prior to that, he was twice the president of Georgetown College and established several educational institutions in New York City and Boston.
Leonard Neale was an American Catholic prelate and Jesuit who became the Archbishop of Baltimore and the first Catholic bishop to be ordained in the United States. While president of Georgetown College, Neale became the coadjutor bishop to John Carroll and founded the Georgetown Visitation Monastery and Academy.
Francis Ignatius Neale, also known as Francis Xavier Neale, was an American Catholic priest and Jesuit who led several of the order's institutions in Washington, D.C. and played a significant role in the Jesuit order's restoration in the United States. Born to a prominent Maryland family, Neale was educated at the College of Bruges and Liège, where he was ordained a priest but was unable to enter the Society of Jesus, as it was suppressed by the pope. When Neale returned to the United States in 1788, Bishop John Carroll assigned him as pastor of the church at St. Thomas Manor, where he aligned himself with the rural clergy in opposing Carroll's founding of Georgetown College, which they believed would occur at the expense of the rural manors; his conflict with Carroll over various issues would continue for much of his life.
Anthony Kohlmann, was an Alsatian Catholic priest, missionary, and Jesuit educator. He played a decisive role in the early formation of the Diocese of New York, where he was the subject of a lawsuit that for the first time recognized the confessional privilege in the United States, and served as the president of Georgetown College from 1817 to 1820.
Robert P. Molyneux was an English-American Catholic priest and Jesuit missionary to the United States. Born to a prominent English family, he entered the Society of Jesus and studied at the College of St Omer in France. When the school moved to Bruges, Belgium, he followed, becoming a master. In 1771, he emigrated to the United States as a missionary, where he took up pastoral work in Philadelphia.
John Early was an Irish-American Catholic priest and Jesuit educator who was the president of the College of the Holy Cross and Georgetown University, as well as the founder and first president of Loyola College in Maryland. Born in Ireland, he emigrated to the United States at the age of nineteen. Upon his arrival, he enrolled at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Maryland, and entered the Society of Jesus, completing his education at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
William Matthews, occasionally spelled Mathews, was an American who became the fifth Roman Catholic priest ordained in the United States and the first such person born in British America. Born in the colonial Province of Maryland, he was briefly a novice in the Society of Jesus. After being ordained, he became influential in establishing Catholic parochial and educational institutions in Washington, D.C. He was the second pastor of St. Patrick's Church, serving for most of his life. He served as the sixth president of Georgetown College, later known as Georgetown University. Matthews acted as president of the Washington Catholic Seminary, which became Gonzaga College High School, and oversaw the continuity of the school during suppression by the church and financial insecurity.
The Jesuit Community Cemetery on the campus of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. is the final resting place for Jesuits who were affiliated with the university. It was first established in 1808 and was moved to its present location in 1854.
Bernard A. Maguire was an Irish-American Catholic priest and Jesuit who served twice as the president of Georgetown University. Born in Ireland, he emigrated to the United States at the age of six, and his family settled in Maryland. Maguire attended Saint John's College in Frederick, Maryland, and then entered the Society of Jesus in 1837. He continued his studies at Georgetown University, where he also taught and was prefect, until his ordination to the priesthood in 1851.
Thomas F. Mulledy was an American Catholic priest from Virginia who became the president of Georgetown College, a founder of the College of the Holy Cross, and a prominent 19th-century leader of the Jesuits in the United States. His brother, Samuel Mulledy, also became a Jesuit and president of Georgetown.
James Aloysius Doonan was an American Catholic priest and Jesuit, who was the president of Georgetown University from 1882 to 1888. During that time he oversaw the naming of Gaston Hall and the construction of a new building for the School of Medicine. Doonan also acquired two historic cannons that were placed in front of Healy Hall. He was a financially successful president, reducing the university's burdensome debt that had accrued during the construction of Healy Hall.
James A. Ryder was an American Catholic priest and Jesuit who became the president of several Jesuit universities in the United States. Born in Ireland, he immigrated with his widowed mother to the United States as a child, to settle in Georgetown, in the District of Columbia. He enrolled at Georgetown College and then entered the Society of Jesus. Studying in Maryland and Rome, Ryder proved to be a talented student of theology and was made a professor. He returned to Georgetown College in 1829, where he was appointed to senior positions and founded the Philodemic Society, becoming its first president.
Joseph Havens Richards was an American Catholic priest and Jesuit who became a prominent president of Georgetown University, where he instituted major reforms and significantly increased the quality and stature of the university. Born to a prominent Ohio family, his father was an Episcopal priest who controversially converted to Catholicism, and had the infant Richards secretly baptized as a Catholic. Richards eventually entered the Society of Jesus.
Charles Henry Stonestreet was an American Catholic priest and Jesuit who served in prominent religious and academic positions, including as provincial superior of the Jesuit Maryland Province and president of Georgetown University. He was born in Maryland and attended Georgetown University, where he co-founded the Philodemic Society. After entering the Society of Jesus and becoming a professor at Georgetown, he led St. John's Literary Institution and St. John the Evangelist Church in Frederick, Maryland. He was appointed president of Georgetown University in 1851, holding the office for two years, during which time he oversaw expansion of the university's library. The First Plenary Council of Baltimore was held at Georgetown during his tenure.
William McSherry was an American Catholic priest who became the president of Georgetown College and a prominent 19th-century leader of the Jesuits in the United States. The son of Irish immigrants, McSherry was educated at Georgetown College, where he entered the Society of Jesus. As one of the first Americans to complete the traditional Jesuit course of training, he was sent to Rome to be educated for the priesthood. There, he made several discoveries of significant, forgotten holdings in the Jesuit archives, which improved historians' knowledge of the early European settling of Maryland and of the language of Indian tribes there.
Joseph Anton Lopez was a Mexican Catholic priest and Jesuit. Born in Michoacán, he studied canon law at the Colegio de San Nicolás and the Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico. He became acquainted with the future Empress consort Ana María Huarte and was made chaplain to the future imperial family. He was later put in charge of the education of all the princes in Mexico. Lopez was a close ally of Emperor Agustín de Iturbide, residing in Madrid for four years as his attorney and political informant, and accompanying him during his exile to Italy and England.
John William Beschter was a Catholic priest and Jesuit from the Duchy of Luxembourg in the Austrian Netherlands. He emigrated to the United States as a missionary in 1807, where he ministered in rural Pennsylvania and Maryland. Beschter was the last Jesuit pastor of St. Mary's Church in Lancaster, as well as the pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. He was also a priest at several other German-speaking churches in Pennsylvania.
Samuel A. Mulledy was an American Catholic priest and Jesuit who served as president of Georgetown College in 1845. Born in Virginia, he was the brother of Thomas F. Mulledy, who was a prominent 19th-century Jesuit in the United States and a president of Georgetown. As a student at Georgetown, Samuel was one of the founding members of the Philodemic Society, and proved to be a distinguished student, which resulted in his being sent to Rome to complete his higher education and be ordained to the priesthood. Upon his return to the United States, he became the master of novices at the Jesuit novitiate in Maryland, before being named president of Georgetown. He sought to be relieved of the position after only a few months, and returned to teaching and ministry.
William Feiner was a German Catholic priest and Jesuit who became a missionary to the United States and eventually the president of Georgetown College, now known as Georgetown University.
Enoch Fenwick was an American Catholic priest and Jesuit, who ministered throughout Maryland and became the president of Georgetown College. Descending from one of the original Catholic settlers of the British Maryland Province, he studied at Georgetown College in Washington, D.C. Like his brother and future bishop, Benedict Joseph Fenwick, he entered the priesthood, studying at St. Mary's Seminary, before entering the Society of Jesus, which was suppressed at the time. He was made rector of St. Peter's Pro-Cathedral in Baltimore by Archbishop John Carroll, and remained in the position for ten years. Near the end of his pastorate, he was also made vicar general of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, which involved traveling to say Mass in remote parishes throughout rural Maryland.
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