Rev. James P. Flaherty, S.J., Arts '78, was elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees in 2005. He is the president of Nativity Jesuit Middle School in Milwaukee, which educates Latino boys from lower-income families with an intensive academic program, including an extended school day, required after-school activities and mandatory study hall, as well as a five-week summer camp in Northern Wisconsin.
Previously he was rector of the Marquette University Jesuit Community and adjunct assistant professor of philosophy at Marquette. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1979 and was ordained a priest in 1992.
Since his ordination, he has served as assistant pastor of St. Patrick's Parish in Milwaukee as well as associate director of Campus Ministry at Marquette.
After completing his doctoral degree in American philosophy at the New School for Social Research in 2003, he served as assistant professor of philosophy on the faculty of Marquette University.
He serves on the boards of Santa Clara University, Marquette University High School, and the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh, Wis. Father Flaherty regularly directs and preaches retreats at Jesuit retreat houses.
During his Jesuit formation, he was a member of the faculty and assistant principal for academics at Creighton Preparatory High School in Omaha, Neb.