Center director elected to Board of Trustees, receives preaching award

By: JP Shortall

May 23, 2017

Rev. Paul Kollman, C.S.C., Leo and Arlene Hawk Executive Director of the Center for Social Concerns, was elected to the University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees during the Board’s spring meeting May 4 and 5. He also received the University’s 2017 Rev. William A. Toohey, C.S.C. Award for Preaching this spring.

The Rev. William A. Toohey, C.S.C., Awards (for preaching and for social justice) were established to honor the memory of a Holy Cross priest who served as director of Campus Ministry. The Toohey Award for Preaching is given to a Holy Cross priest who has made significant contributions to the University of Notre Dame in many different ways and in particular as a homilist.

Father Kollman is an associate professor of theology and has served as executive director of the Center for Social Concerns at Notre Dame since 2012. A Holy Cross priest, he earned his doctoral degree in the history of religions from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in theology and history and a master of divinity degree from Notre Dame. His scholarship focuses on African Christianity, mission history and world Christianity, and he has taught in Uganda and Kenya, and carried out research in Tanzania, Nigeria and South Africa. He is a fellow of the Kellogg, the Kroc, and Nanovic Institutes at Notre Dame and currently is president of the International Association of Mission Studies and the American Society of Missiology.

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