Dennis Brown | December 16, 2016
The University of Notre Dame is initiating a search for a new director for its Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program. Joseph A. Buttigieg, a longtime distinguished faculty member at Notre Dame and the inaugural director of the program, has announced his retirement at the end of the current academic year.
“Professor Buttigieg has provided peerless leadership for the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program and has been instrumental in the creation of an intellectually stimulating and vibrant environment for all who are part of it,” said Rev. Hugh R. Page Jr., vice president and associate provost for undergraduate affairs. “He has been a truly remarkable student mentor and an eloquent apologist for the program’s transformative dimensions. It has been an honor to work with him and I wish him Godspeed as a new chapter in his life as scholar and teacher begins.”
The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program is a merit-based scholarship and leadership development initiative that equips students to have a transformational impact on the world. It is named for the late Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president from 1952 to 1987 and one of the 20th century’s most influential leaders in the Catholic Church, higher education and national and international affairs, and Mark W. and Stacey Miller Yusko, who underwrote creation of the program with a generous gift in 2009.
Hesburgh-Yusko scholars are evaluated according to four criteria: demonstrated leadership ability, distinguished academic accomplishment, sincere commitment to service and exemplary moral character. They receive four years of merit scholarship awards of $25,000 annually toward the cost of attending Notre Dame; intellectual engagement within a community of scholars participating in regular discussion forums, local initiatives and social activities throughout the academic year; four summer enrichment experiences based upon wilderness leadership, social justice, global inquiry and professional venture; and guidance and support from a dedicated program staff and faculty mentors.