American philosopher Jude P. Dougherty’s new book, Interpretations, presents a number of essays on “reading the present in light of the past” in its pages, as well as a special dedication to college president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell. Dougherty, the dean emeritus of the School of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America, points to O’Donnell as a great figure in the landscape of higher education and sees him as deserving of honor for his impact on it.

Dougherty is among the giants of Catholic higher education and was the first layman appointed dean of the School of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America. Emeritus member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, Dougherty was also a close friend of Pope St. John Paul II during his pontificate. Despite all these accomplishments, Dougherty believes that O’Donnell is worthy of even greater praise.

“For Timothy T. O’Donnell, deserving of honor for his contribution to higher education beyond any that I can give,” writes Dougherty in the dedication for his new book.

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O’Donnell has been president of Christendom College for the past 26 years, during which time he has helped the college grow in both physical size and in student body, all while keeping the college faithful to the Magisterium of the Church, and committed to its impressive time-tested Catholic core curriculum. Since becoming president, O’Donnell has helped shepherd the college’s Junior Semester in Rome program and the St. Columcille Institute in Ireland into existence, bringing Christendom’s Catholic liberal arts education across the Atlantic and having a global impact in the process. Additionally, over O’Donnell’s tenure, the college, according to The Newman Guide, “sets a standard for fidelity and traditional education against which other Catholic liberal arts colleges are measured.” O’Donnell was appointed as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family by Pope St. John Paul II, a position he holds to this day, and is also a Knight Grand Cross in the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre.

Dougherty is also the author of The Good Life and Its Pursuit and The Logic of Religion and was the editor of the Review of Metaphysics.

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