History of the University Professor of Faith and Culture

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The position of University Professor of Faith and Culture was created in 1996 and initially held by Fr. James L. Heft, S.M. The chair was endowed by the Marianists as of July 1, 2000. Fr. Jack McGrath, S.M. was the second chair and David O'Brien became the third University Professor of Faith and Culture on July 1, 2009. Miguel H. Díaz, United States Ambassador to the Holy See since 2009, was appointed the fourth University Professor of Faith and Culture, assuming the position on November 16, 2012.

The current University Professor of Faith and Culture is Dr. Sandra Yocum, department of religious studies.