Michael J. Graham interview (session 3)
Society of Jesus, Jesuits, Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio), Michael James Graham, Universities and colleges, Mission and Identity, Catholic universities and colleges; Cintas Center; Administration, Cincinnati (Ohio) -- Race relations, Riots – Ohio – Cincinnati, Cincinnati CAN Commission, Brueggeman Center for Interfaith Dialogue, Vagina Monologues, September 11 Terrorists Attacks, 2001, Civic engagement, United Way
Xavier University's thirty-fourth Jesuit president Rev. Michael J. Graham, SJ, was born March 9, 1953 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 1975 he received a BA in psychology and philosophy from Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa. In 1983 he received a MA in psychology and PhD in American Studies both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. He entered the Society of Jesus while at the University of Michigan and was ordained in 1988. Prior to his appointment as president he held several academic and administrative positions at Xavier University. Father Graham retired in 2021.
In this interview, Graham discusses his first year as president of Xavier University. He describes the vision he had for Xavier and the listening sessions he held with campus community members. Graham talks about the death of Timothy Thomas, the ensuing civil unrest in Cincinnati, and Xavier’s response. He describes his involvement in the Cincinnati Community Action Now (CAN) Commission and its results. He discusses his academic convocation, which occurred on September 11, 2001. Graham also describes his involvement as a board member for several community organizations, including the United Way and the Holocaust and Humanity Center, and his relationships with other university presidents.
Xavier University Oral History Collection
University Archives and Special Collections, Xavier University Library, Cincinnati, Ohio
Michael J. Graham interview, March 2, 2021, XUAOH2021-001-XU011-03, Xavier University Oral History Collection, University Archives and Special Collections, Xavier University Library, Cincinnati, Ohio
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