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Executive Director Chicago, IL

The Lumen Christi Institute (LCI), dedicated to making the Catholic intellectual tradition a vital part of the culture of the secular university, seeks its next executive director. Founded in 1997 by Catholic scholars at the University of Chicago to create a platform for the exploration of the Catholic faith and the human condition, Lumen Christi brings together some of the brightest minds in the Catholic scholarly tradition to offer lectures, symposia, conferences, summer seminars, and non-credit courses. Offered in concert with the University's rigorous curriculum, LCI's programming seeks to demonstrate that life's significant questions can and should be approached using wisdom and truth revealed through faith. A testament to its success, LCI’s model has been both lauded and emulated across the nation.

Governed by a board of directors that reflect today's world – business, academic, and church leaders – the Lumen Christi Institute was led for nearly 25 years by its visionary founder, Thomas Levergood, until his untimely death in 2021. In taking the torch of leadership, the next executive director will pursue an array of opportunities and challenges. The most important will be to continue implementing the mission and renewing the strategic plan in collaboration with the board and staff. Evaluating the current organizational structure and making the changes necessary to maximize effectiveness will ensure that all staff are empowered to fulfill their roles and advance the mission. The Institute's sustainability through fundraising and sound financial management will remain a priority throughout the new director’s tenure.

All applications, inquiries, and nominations should be directed in confidence electronically below. Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

Phillip Petree is leading this search with Ellen Egitton.


The Lumen Christi Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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