College of Arts and Sciences

Office of the Dean

Donald I. MacLean, S.J. Chair

Rev. Savarimuthu

Rev. Xavier Savarimuthu, S.J.

Donald I. MacLean, S.J. Chair
Saint Joseph's University

Description of the Chair

The Donald I. MacLean, S.J. Chair is held by members of the Society of Jesus who are accomplished teachers and scholars in the arts and sciences. Established in 1987 through the generosity of lead donors Michael J. Morris ’56, Joseph McKinney ’52 (dec.) and the Jesuit Community at Saint Joseph’s, it is intended to emphasize that the University’s Jesuit identity is inseparable from the finest teaching, scholarship and collegiate discourse. The Chair is named in honor of the University’s 24th president.

Current Chair Holder

Rev. Xavier Savarimuthu, S.J., is currently on the faculty in the Department of Environmental Studies at St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous) under the University of Calcutta, in Kolkata, West Bengal India. He has held faculty position since 2000. He has been the head of the department of Environmental Studies from 2009. His affiliations extend to the Departments of Microbiology and Business Administration. Fr. Savarimuthu received a doctorate in Environmental Science from the University of Kalyani, India, in 2006. He is the coordinator for Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN) Ecology for South Asia Jesuit Conference. His research focuses on the impact of arsenic in underground water causing public health concerns. He has lectured worldwide, including in the Philippines, Stockholm, and in the United States at Santa Clara University. His publishing record includes international journals and now a co-authored textbook on environmental science from Cambridge University Press, published in December 2015. While at Saint Joseph’s University in Spring 2016, Fr. Savarimuthu will teach Environmental Science 270, “Environment and Public Health.” Later this spring, Fr. Xavier will deliver the annual MacLean Chair Lecture, to which we’re all invited. Details t.b.a.

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Phone: x1812

Former chair holders

Fall 1999 Rev. Thomas M. McCoog, S.J. (Archivist of the British Province of the Society of Jesus, History)
Spring 2000 Bro. Guy Consolmagno, S.J. (Vatican Observatory, Physics)
Fall 2000 Rev. Kevin Burke, S.J.(Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Theology)
Fall 2000 - Spring 2001 Rev. Jeff Klaiber, S.J. (Catholic University of Peru, History)
Fall 2001 - Spring 2003 Rev. Patrick Samway, S.J. (Saint Peter's College, English)
Fall 2003 Rev. Dean Brackley, S.J. (University of Central America, Theology)
Spring 2004 Rev. Rob Faesen, S.J. (University of Leuven, Theology)
Fall 2004 - Spring 2005 Rev. Alvaro Ribeiro, S.J. (Georgetown University, English)
Fall 2005 Rev. G. Ronald Murphy, S.J. (Georgetown University, German)
Spring 2006 Rev. Stephen Rowntree, S.J. (Loyola University, New Orleans, Philosophy)
Fall 2006 Rev. Stephen Fields, S.J. (Georgetown University, Theology)
Spring 2007 Rev. Raymond A. Bucko, S.J. (Creighton University, Sociology)
Fall 2007 Rev. Richard A. McGowan, S.J. (Boston College, Economics)
Spring 2008 Rev. Amedeus Shirima, S.J. (Arrupe College in Harare, Zimbabwe, Philosophy
Fall 2008 Rev. Thomas Massaro, S.J.
Spring 2009 Rev. Dennis Leder, S.J.
Fall 2009 Rev. Joseph Brown, S.J.
Spring 2010 Rev. Dudley Mendonca, S.J.
Fall, 2010 Rev. Bruce Morrill, S.J. (Boston College, Theology)
Fall 2011 Rev. Jose Badenes, S.J. (Loyola Marymount University, Foreign Languages &Literatures)
Fall 2012 Rev. John F. Wrynn, S.J. (Saint Peter’s College, History)
Fall 2013 Rev. Aquiline Tarimo, S.J. (Hekima College, Constituent College of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, Theology)
Fall 2014 Rev. T. Michael McNulty, S.J. (Marquette University,  Philosophy)
Fall 2015 Rev. John Martis, S.J. (Pilgrim Theological College, Philosophy)
Spring 2016 Rev. Xavier Savarimuthu, S.J. (St. Xavier’s College [Autonomous], Environmental Studies)