Joseph M. O’Keefe, S.J., was elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees in 2007. He is a professor of education at Boston College, where he served as dean of the Lynch School of Education from 2005 to 2011. He has been at the Lynch School since joining the faculty as an assistant professor in 1991. Father O’Keefe has served as coordinator of the Educational Administration Program and of the Catholic School Leadership Program at the Lynch School.
He has overseen a number of collaborative programs with local dioceses and the National Catholic Educational Association.
In 2004 Father O’Keefe received the F. Sadlier Dinger Award for outstanding contributions to Catholic education.
Father O’Keefe received his doctorate in education from Harvard University, concentrating on administration, planning, and social policy. A native of Salem, Mass., he is a graduate of Holy Cross College and earned a master’s degree in French literature from Fordham University as well as a master’s degree from Harvard in educational administration.
He also received a M.Div. and S.T.L. from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (Weston). He has been a member of the Society of Jesus since 1976, and was ordained a priest in 1986.
Father O’Keefe was visiting associate professor and holder of the Jesuit Chair in Education at Georgetown University, 1999–2000. He is the contributing co-editor of The International Handbook of Catholic Education: Challenges for School Systems in the 21st Century ( Springer, 2007) and was the lead co-author of Sustaining the Legacy: Urban Catholic Elementary Schools in the United States, published by National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) in 2004. He is editor or co-editor of 14 books and author or co-author of more than 55 articles and book chapters on Catholic education and education leadership. He also serves on the board of trustees at Loyola University of New Orleans.