ACE Founder


Patrick Gibbons | September 30, 2019

Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) founder Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., announced he will step down from his role as director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame and become director emeritus of the institute beginning in January.

“During the more than 25 wonderful years leading the Alliance for Catholic Education and 22 years of serving the institute, I have been extraordinarily blessed to contribute to building a mission in service to children in under-resourced Catholic schools with the most talented, faith-filled and committed team of educational scholars and professional practitioners imaginable,” Father Scully said. “I can think of no more fulfilling expression of my vocation as a Holy Cross priest. I look forward to continuing to support the mission of ACE and the institute in any way I can as director emeritus as I continue teaching and research in my home department of political science.”

“As a highly regarded scholar, challenging and popular teacher and creator of the Alliance for Catholic Education, and through his many administrative roles, Father Scully has devoted his life to Notre Dame, its students and its mission,” said Thomas G. Burish, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost. “In doing so, he has improved the lives of countless students and families. We are grateful for his many contributions.”

A professor of political science and faculty fellow of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Institute for Educational Initiatives and the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, Father Scully has long-standing research and teaching interests in comparative political institutions, especially political parties and party systems. More recently, he has also focused on international faith-based education.

Father Scully has written a number of scholarly articles and six books, including his most recent, “Democratic Governance in Latin America,” published by Stanford University Press. He has won multiple teaching awards at Notre Dame, including the Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award in the College of Arts and Letters, the O’Malley Undergraduate Teaching Award and a Kaneb Teaching Award.

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