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Professor Revd Timothy R. Scully

Professor Revd Timothy R. Scully

Fr. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C. is a professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, a Fellow and Trustee of the University of Notre Dame, a fellow of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and currently serves as the Hackett Family director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives, where he oversees the work of the Alliance for Catholic Education, the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program, the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity, and other education-related programs. He is also a Trustee and a Fellow of the University of Notre Dame.

Fr. Scully founded the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) in 1993, Notre Dame’s signature program which provides hundreds of talented and committed Catholic school teachers and leaders every year to scores of underserved communities across the United States, as well as overseas. Since its beginnings, ACE has grown to include a wide array of resources and services to underserved faith-based schools throughout the United States, becoming the nation’s premier provider of talent and energy to strengthen and sustain these schools.

His research and graduate teaching focuses on comparative political institutions, especially political parties. His writings include Rethinking the Center: Party Politics in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Chile (Stanford, 1992) and five coauthored volumes: Building Democratic Institutions: Party Systems in Latin America (Stanford, 1995); Christian Democracy in Latin America: Electoral Competition and Regime Conflicts (Stanford, 2003); El Eslabon Perdido: Familia, Bienestar, y Modernizacion en Chile (Taurus, 2006), Creencias e Ilusiones: la Cohesion Social de Los Latinoamericanos (Santiago, Uqbar Editores, 2008) and, most recently Democratic Governance in Latin America (Stanford, 2010).

Among his professional affiliations, Fr. Scully is a member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations, the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, the Inter-American Dialogue, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars Advisory Board, the Pacific Council for International Relations, the American Political Science Association, the Latin American Studies Association, and is a member of the school board for the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools. At Notre Dame he is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Institute for Latino Studies, is co-chair of the University’s Standing Committee on Latin America and the Caribbean, the Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Alliance for Catholic Education.

Fr. Scully has received many teaching and education related awards. He was awarded the 2007 Crystal Apple Award, a Tribute to Outstanding Educators, from The College of Education at Michigan State University. In 2008 he was awarded the Champion of Catholic Education Medal by the Fulcrum Foundation, the Bishop Dunne 100 Voyager Award, the Diocese of Worcester’s most prestigious education recognition, the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award; in addition Fr. Scully was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by the President of the United States during a ceremony in the Oval Office in December of 2008. Most recently he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools in February, 2010. In 2013 he won the William E. Simon Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Social Entrepreneurship from the Manhattan Institute and in 2014 was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1981, he served his first years of priesthood in Santiago, Chile. He earned master’s and doctoral degrees in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, after graduating summa cum laude from Notre Dame in 1976 and receiving his master of divinity degree in 1979.

Our Aims and Objectives

The Thomas F Meagher Foundation aims to promote pride in and respect for the Irish flag and its true meaning for peace on this island. The Foundation is named after Thomas Francis Meagher, Irish Patriot, US army general and Governor of Montana who flew the first Tricolour flag on the 7th of March 1848 from 33 The Mall in Waterford at the Wolf Tone Club. The Thomas F Meagher Foundation strives to ensure that every citizen in Ireland and in particular, every schoolchild is aware of the history and meaning behind the National Flag and recognises the extraordinary life of Thomas F Meagher.

At the 1848 Tricolour Celebration in Waterford the Foundation will present all schools with an Irish Tricolour flown from 33 The Mall. The Foundation will also be a vehicle for participating schools across Ireland to raise funds for their own projects during ‘Flag Week’. In order to support active citizenship in Ireland, the Foundation has established an awards and scholarships programme to recognise outstanding students who have contributed to their school and community by displaying commitment to the aims of the Foundation.

Irish Flags which had flown from 33 The Mall, Waterford from where Thomas F. Meagher flew the first Tricolour were presented by the city’s Mayor in conjunction with the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation at the 1848 Tricolour Celebration on the 1,100th anniversary of the City to every Mayor and Chairperson of all City and County Councils in the State for display in their Council Chambers. A school from each county were also presented with a Tricolour to mark the occasion.

Aims and Objectives