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Get to Know President John Garvey



John Garvey
John Garvey was appointed president of The Catholic University of America on July 1, 2010.

John Garvey is the President of The Catholic University of America. He was the dean of Boston College Law School from 1999 to 2010. In 2008 he was the President of the Association of American Law Schools. He has practiced law with the firm of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco, and taught at Notre Dame, Michigan, and Kentucky. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Religion and the Constitution (2011), which won the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit book award; and of Sexuality and the U.S. Catholic Church (2007), which won the Catholic Press Association award. From 1981 to 1984 he was Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 1982.

Mr. Garvey has been married to Jeanne Walter Garvey since 1975. They have five children, 21 grandchildren, and a rescue dog named Gus.

Fast Facts

Full name: John Hugh Garvey

Born: September 28, 1948, in Sharon, Pa.

Hometown: Sharon, Pa.

Family: Married to Jeanne Walter Garvey in 1975. Five children: Kevin Patrick Garvey, Elizabeth Garvey Cressy, Katherine Garvey, Michael Barnard Garvey, Clare Garvey Pazderka. Twenty grandchildren.

Education: Harvard Law School, J.D. (1974); Harvard Divinity School, candidate for M.T.S. degree (1970-71); University of Notre Dame, A.B. (1970)

The Catholic University of America, president (July 1, 2010)
Boston College Law School, dean (1999-2010)
Notre Dame Law School, professor (1994-99)
University of Michigan Law School, visiting professor (1985-86)
University of Kentucky College of Law, professor (1976-94)
United States Department of Justice, Assistant to Solicitor General (1981-84)
Morrison & Foerster, San Francisco, California, associate (1975-76)
United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, law clerk to Irving R. Kaufman (1974-75)

Professional Service: 
Consortium of Washington Area Universities, president (2017-present)
     Agency for the Evaluation and Promotion of Quality in Ecclesiastical
          Universities and Faculties, board of directors (2016-present)
     Landmark Athletic Conference, president (2015-2017)
     Becket Fund, board of directors (2013- present)
Association of American Law Schools, president (2008)
Caritas Christi, member of the board of governors (2008-2010)
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, judicial nominating commission (2005-07); Supreme Judicial Court pro bono committee (2002-05)
American Bar Association, member of Task Force on Terrorism (2001-02); reading committee (1989-96)

Religion and the Constitution, Aspen, third edition, 2011 (coauthor)
Sexuality and the U.S. Catholic Church
, Herder & Herder, 2007 (coauthor)
Modern Constitutional Theory, West Publishing, fifth edition, 2004 (coauthor)
What Are Freedoms For? Harvard University Press, 1996
The First Amendment, West Publishing, second edition, 1996 (coauthor)

Personal interests: Golf, swimming, gardening, piano