The Rev. Gregory F. Lucey, S.J.
A native of Wisconsin, the Rev. Gregory F. Lucey, S.J., entered the Society of Jesus in 1951 and was ordained a priest in 1964. He holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin at Madison; an M.A. in liturgy from the University of Notre Dame; as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophy, theology and education from Saint Louis University.
From 1978 to 1988, Lucey was vice president for development at Seattle University. He served as rector of the Jesuit community at Marquette University for five years, during which time he founded and directed the university’s Center for Ignatian Spirituality. He was appointed president of the Jesuit Conference USA based in Washington, D.C. Serving in that capacity, he attended the 34th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus in 1995 as one of 200 delegates worldwide.
From the consortium’s inception in the mid-1990s, Lucey has been involved with the activities of Heartland-Delta Conference, a venue for dialogue and learning about Jesuit education, collaboration and Ignatian spirituality; as well as the Ignatian Colleagues Program, a national program designed to educate and form administrators more deeply in the Jesuit tradition of higher education. He has also served as a trustee of Xavier University, Loyola University New Orleans and Marquette University.
Lucey served as Spring Hill College’s 37th president from 1997 to 2009. During his tenure, the campus was revitalized, including the construction of the Marnie and John Burke Memorial Library, the restoration of St. Joseph Chapel, the dedication of Rydex Commons, the renovation of Nan Altmayer Place, and the construction of Viragh Hall and Skip’s Place residence halls.
In 2011, he was appointed president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Washington D.C., where he represented the 28 member institutions and strengthened the Jesuit higher education network.
He returned to Spring Hill College as chancellor in spring 2013. His role as chancellor included strengthening the College’s mission and identity as a Jesuit, Catholic college. In December 2013, following the Rev. Richard P. Salmi’s five-year term as president, Lucey resumed his role as president of the College.