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News from the Hill March 08, 2010 | back to index

Luce Foundation head Michael Gilligan chosen as 2010 Andover Newton Commencement speaker

Dr. Michael Gilligan, president of The Henry Luce Foundation, has been chosen as the featured speaker for the Andover Newtons 2010 Commencement exercises. He will give the main address at the services, to be held starting at 7:00 pm on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at the First Baptist Church in Newton.

Michael Gilligan was elected president of the Henry Luce Foundation in December 2002, having been Program Director for Theology since 1998. He received the B.A. from Duke University and the M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. A frequent public speaker, he is a trustee of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, General Theological Seminary and the Council of Independent Colleges and has served on many additional boards and committees.

Much of Gilligan’s career has been devoted to theological and religion-related education.  Prior to joining the management staff of the Luce Foundation. Gilligan served as director of Accreditation and Leadership Education for the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. He was also academic dean and professor of English at the Pontifical College Josephinum, a Roman Catholic seminary in Columbus, Ohio. Earlier, Gilligan worked for ten years in the schools of the Catholic Diocese of Columbus as a teacher, academic dean, principal and assistant superintendent.

The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time magazine, Henry R. Luce. Based in New York City, The Luce Foundation includes grant-making programs that support higher education, American art, environment, theology, understanding of Asia, and women in science and engineering. Over the years, the foundation has supported several programs at Andover Newton programs, including awarding Luce Fellowships to a number of faculty members and providing the funding to create the the Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE) at Andover Newton and Hebrew College.