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Father Garanzini named president of AJCU

May 18, 2020

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The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) has named Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J. as its next president. He will begin his term on July 1.

Fr. Garanzini currently serves as both secretary for Higher Education of the Society of Jesus, and chair of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU). He will complete his eighth year of service to the international network of Jesuit higher education while working at AJCU.

Prior to these roles, Fr. Garanzini was president of Loyola University Chicago from 2001 to 2015. During his 14 years at Loyola, he served on the AJCU Board of Directors, including a term as Chair. Under his leadership, Loyola grew in national recognition as an innovator in higher education, thanks to the establishment of Arrupe College, the first Jesuit community college in the United States.

Fr. Garanzini succeeds Rev. Michael J. Sheeran, S.J., who has served as president of AJCU since April 2013. Fr. Sheeran will move to Saint Louis University this summer, to serve in a pastoral role for faculty, students and alumni. He said, “I congratulate Fr. Garanzini on his new role as president of AJCU. It has been a joy to lead the association over the past seven years, and I am delighted to entrust my office to a new leader.”

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