Rev. Gregory F. Lucey, S.J., to lead Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
Aug. 23, 2010
MOBILE, Ala. – Former Spring Hill College president Rev. Gregory F. Lucey, S.J., will join the staff of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) on Jan. 1, 2011, and will succeed Rev. Charles Currie, S.J., as the president of AJCU beginning July 1, 2011.
AJCU promotes numerous collaborative efforts among the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities, represents the schools in Congress and with the Federal Government, Jesuit and Church officials, and other higher education associations. The offices are located in Washington, D.C.
Lucey, 77, was Spring Hill’s 37th president and retired from the college on June 1, 2009, after serving as the college’s CEO for 12 years.
A Wisconsin native, Lucey entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1951 and was ordained in 1964. Prior to coming to Spring Hill, he served as president and chairman of the board of the National Jesuit Conference, based in Washington, D.C., from 1994-1996. He served as rector of the Jesuit community at Marquette University (1989-1994) and vice president for development at Seattle University (1978-1988). He received a Ph.D. in educational lhughesistration 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 from St. Louis University.
Lucey founded and served as director of Marquette’s Center for Ignatian Spirituality, and in 1995 he attended the 34th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus as one of 200 delegates worldwide.
Currie served as president of both Wheeling College (now Wheeling Jesuit University) and Xavier University. He was named president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in 1997. Under Currie’s leadership, the Association launched a number of new communications and networking initiatives, developed a Jesuit Distance Education Network (JesuitNET), and promoted mission and identity activities. He has actively encouraged the internationalization of AJCU campuses and visited five continents to pursue collaborative efforts.