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Rev. Joseph M. O’Keefe, S.J., was elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees in 2007.
He is rector of the Ciszek Hall Jesuit Community, Scholar in Residence, and fellow at the Center for Catholic School Leadership and Faith-based Education at Fordham University.
He was 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 was at the Lynch School since joining the faculty as an assistant professor from 1991 to 2016. 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, he has also been the director of Boston College’s Center for Ignatian Spirituality.
Father O’Keefe received a 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 master of divinity and licentiate of sacred theology from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (formerly the 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 from 1999 to 2000. He is the contributing co-editor of The International Handbook of Catholic Education: School Systems in the 21st Century (Springer, 2007) and 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 15 books and author or co-author of more than 55 articles and book chapters on Catholic education and educational leadership. In 2016 U.S. Secretary of Education John King reappointed him to a second term on the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress.