Michael J. Graham interview (session 5)
Michael James Graham, Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio), College sports, Atlantic-10, Big East, Catholic universities and colleges, Administration, Enrollment, COVID-19 (Disease), COVID-19 Task Force, Remote learning, Distance education, Crisis management
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 as president in 2021.
In this interview, Graham discusses the development of athletics and Xavier’s transition from the Atlantic 10 (A-10) to the Big East. He describes the impact of this change on recruitment and enrollment. He then talks about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the university’s operations and people. He describes his personal challenges during the onset of the pandemic. He also talks about the various strategies Xavier employed to address many of the financial, academic, and personnel issues that arose, specifically describing the work of the COVID-19 Task Force. The interview concludes with a discussion about the potential lasting effects of the pandemic.
Xavier University Oral History Collection
University Archives and Special Collections, Xavier University Library, Cincinnati, Ohio
Michael J. Graham interview, May 14, 2021, XUAOH2021-001-XU011-05, Xavier University Oral History Collection, University Archives and Special Collections, Xavier University Library, Cincinnati, Ohio
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