President, Georgetown University

John J. DeGioia

John J. DeGioia is the 48th President of Georgetown University.  For nearly four decades, Dr. DeGioia has worked to define and strengthen Georgetown University as a premier institution for education and research.  A graduate of Georgetown, Dr. DeGioia served as a senior administrator and as a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy before becoming president in 2001.  He continues to teach an Ignatius Seminar each fall, which is part of a program offering first year students the opportunity to delve into unique courses of study inspired by the Jesuit educational theme of cura personalis (“care for the whole person”).

As President, Dr. DeGioia is dedicated to deepening Georgetown’s tradition of academic excellence, its commitment to its Catholic and Jesuit identity, its engagement with the Washington, D.C. community, and its global mission.  Under his leadership, Georgetown has become a leader in shaping the future landscape of higher education and has raised more than $1.5 billion through a campaign dedicated to enhancing the lifelong value of a Georgetown education.

Dr. DeGioia is a leading voice in addressing broader issues in education. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Forum for the Future of Higher Education, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the National Association of Independent Schools, and he is the Immediate Past Chair for the American Council on Education (ACE).  He also serves as the Chair of the Division I Committee on Academics for the NCAA, and as a commissioner on the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.  He also serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Values and is a member of the Forum’s Global University Leaders Forum.

Dr. DeGioia was honored as a “Brave Thinker” by The Atlantic (2012), and as “Washingtonian of the Year” by Washingtonian magazine (2008).  He has received Honorary Degrees from Miami Dade College (2008); Loyola University, Maryland (2009); Queens University, Belfast (2009); Sacred Heart University (2011); and Mount Aloysius College (2015).  He has also received an honorary fellowship at Glyndŵr University (2010), as well as the “Esteemed Friend” award from Sophia University in Tokyo (2014), and was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2010). 

He earned his B.A. in English and his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Georgetown, and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Theresa and their son J.T.