Joseph M. O’Keefe, S.J.

Joseph M. O’Keefe, S.J.Rev. Joseph M. O’Keefe, S.J., was elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees in 2007.

He is a professor of education at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education where he served as associate dean from 2001 to 2003 and dean from 2003 to 2011. He has been at the Lynch School since joining the faculty as an assistant professor in 1991. He has overseen a number of collaborative programs with local dioceses and the National Catholic Educational Association. In 2004 Father O’Keefe received the F. Sadlier Dinger Award for outstanding contributions to Catholic education. Since 2013 Father O’Keefe has also been the director of Boston College’s Center for Ignatian Spirituality.

Father O’Keefe received his doctorate in education from Harvard University, concentrating on administration, planning, and social policy. A native of Salem, Mass., he received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross and he earned a master’s degree in French literature from Fordham University. He received a M.Div. and S.T.L. from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (formerly Weston Jesuit School of Theology). He has been a member of the Society of Jesus since 1976, and was ordained a priest in 1986. He has served as a trustee at five universities, three high schools and a hospital for children.

Father O’Keefe was visiting associate professor and holder of the Jesuit Chair at Georgetown University, 1999–2000. He is the contributing co-editor of The International Handbook of Catholic Education: School Systems in the 21st Century (Springer, 2007), he was the lead co-author of Sustaining the Legacy: Urban Catholic Elementary Schools in the United States, published by the National Catholic Educational Association. From 2008 to 2013 he was co-editor of The Journal of
Catholic Education
. He is editor or co-editor of fifteen books and author or co-author of more than 55 articles and book chapters on Catholic education and educational leadership. In 2012 United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appointed him to the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress.


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