PWR 2016 Featured Speaker - Father Michael J. Graham

Under the tenure of Xavier’s 34th president Father Michael J. Graham, S.J., Xavier University has seen dramatic growth and change with academic expansion, new facilities, community initiatives and an enrichment of Xavier’s foundational Jesuit Catholic mission, tradition and heritage.  Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Graham entered the Society of Jesus in 1978 and was ordained a priest in 1988.  He earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Michigan in 1983 and also holds degrees in philosophy and psychology.  Graham came to Xavier in 1984 when he joined the Xavier faculty as an Assistant Professor of History.  He left Xavier to pursue his Master of Divinity from the Weston School of Theology, which he earned in 1988.In 1989, Graham returned to Xavier and in 1994, was appointed Vice President for University Relations. In 1999, he became the Executive Assistant to the President. He assumed the presidency of Xavier on January 1, 2001.   As a parish priest active at both Good Shepherd Catholic Church in suburban Cincinnati and with Xavier student groups, Graham carries out his Jesuit pastoral activities as a celebrant for weddings, baptisms and retreats as well as weekly Sunday worship. Among the boards Graham serves on are the Center for the Holocaust and Humanity Education, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Gonzaga University in Spokane and Chair of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) Board of Directors.