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.
|Office Room #||Science Center 115|
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)|