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University appoints Groody to administration, expands Morrison’s role

| Monday, July 15, 2019

Notre Dame has appointed Fr. Daniel Groody  a University fellow and trustee as well as an associate professor of theology and global affairs  as vice president and associate provost, the University announced in a press release Monday.

According to the release, Jim Morrison, currently Notre Dame’s assistant provost for strategic initiatives, will take on greater responsibility as associate provost for strategic initiatives. Both will assume their new roles effective Aug. 1, the release said.

Groody became a fellow and trustee of the University earlier this year, replacing Fr. Timothy Scully, who had served in those positions for over 15 years.

Groody received his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame in 1986 and later received a masters of divinity and licentiate in sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology. Groody also holds a doctorate in theology from the Graduate Theological Union.

At Notre Dame, Groody serves as director of the Global Leadership Program in the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the Keough School of Global Affairs. Much of Groody’s work focuses on the theology of migration and refugee issues, and from 2007 to 2008, he served as a visiting research fellow at Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre. In 2010, he was presented the Catholic Charities USA Centennial Medal for his work in service to the poor. In 2011, he received the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Sustained Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for his contributions to the theology department, the release said.

Jim Morrison, who first came to Notre Dame in 2013 as a senior advisor to Thomas Burish, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost, has worked in the area of strategic initiatives since 2017. In this role, he has helped lead cross-college initiatives, external academic partnerships and the launching of University-wide academic initiatives, the release said.

As associate provost for strategic initiatives, he will guide expanded efforts in these areas as well as coordinate work between the Office of the Provost and Development Office.

Prior coming to Notre Dame, Morrison received an undergraduate degree at the University of Mississippi, receiving his master’s in higher education administration from the Teachers College at Columbia University. Morrison also received a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Georgia.

According to the release, Morrison has also worked as an executive assistant to the chancellor at the University of Tennessee, as a director of strategic planning at the University of Mississippi and as a management consultant at Huron Consulting.

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