I am writing to inform  the university and the community that I will be transitioning out of the Brueggeman Center as of July 1, 2020.  

I informed the university of this decision over a year ago and we have been working on a succession plan.  

I will be Emeritus Director and will continue on full time staff at Xavier until Dec. 31, 2020. I will also continue to teach in two graduate programs.  

I am not retiring but transitioning. So I will still be in Cincinnati and involved in a number of the non-profit organizations with whom I am currently working. My work in interfaith, sustainability, refugees and asylees, and other projects will continue. I also have new projects upon which I will now have more time to focus. So I will still be here and involved in the community as well as working globally.  

My decision to transition from the Center has been a difficult one as it has provided an amazing platform from which to pursue the varied work that we, together, have been able to do. I emphasize "we, together" because the Center's work has always been collaborative and anything and everything we have accomplished  has been done because of our wonderful partnerships with so many of you. My hope is that many of those collaborations will continue. I am so grateful and appreciative of the friendships, the work and the accomplishments that we have shared. I hope to have the opportunity to thank each of you personally in the months to come.    

I want to express my deep appreciation to Xavier and in particular Fr. Michael Graham, SJ, for giving me the opportunity to create the Brueggeman Center and to be able to be involved in so many amazing projects and programs - from A Blessing to One Another exhibit to the Winter-Cohen Brueggeman Research Fellows (we have now sent students to 62 different countries doing research and service) and hundreds of others. It has been a sometimes wild but always wonderful ride and I will be forever be grateful for the opportunity to have been able to do the good work and to live the mission of the university locally, nationally and globally.

The university has appointed Fr. Kevin Quinn, SJ as Associate Director. He will work with me during this year. Please open you doors to him to help him understand the role that the Center plays in advancing the mission of the university. 

In the meantime, between now and next July, we all still have work to do, together. Please be in touch and keep Xavier University and the Brueggeman Center always in mind as you have ideas for new projects that work for a better, more collaborative community. 

 With Gratitude, 

 James 

 

Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., is Professor of Philosophy and Associate Director of the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at Xavier University.  He served as President of The University of Scranton from July 2011 to June 2017.  Prior to Scranton, he held positions as executive director of Santa Clara’s Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education and professor of law at Georgetown. 

Father Quinn entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1973. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1985.  He is a graduate of Fordham University and holds advanced degrees in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (now the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University). He received his law degree and Ph.D. (in jurisprudence and social policy) from the University of California, Berkeley. 

After finishing law school, Father Quinn clerked for Judge Joseph M. McLaughlin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  He began teaching law at Georgetown in 1994 and was appointed Professor of Law in 2000.  His scholarship is primarily in health care ethics and he has published book chapters and journal pieces on issues of contemporary culture, bioethics and genetics.