Bestselling Author Chris Lowney to Speak at Wheeling Jesuit’s Commencement May 5

Chris Lowney, one-time Jesuit seminarian, the author of the bestselling book, Heroic Leadership, will give the Commencement address Saturday at Wheeling Jesuit University.

The university will hold its 60th commencement ceremony at 10:30 a.m., inside the Alma Grace McDonough Center, where 290 bachelors’, masters’ and doctoral degrees will be conferred by Debra Townsley, Ph.D., president of WJU.

“Chris’ commitment to social justice and entrepreneurship is a fine example to our graduates of how Jesuit trained graduates can impact the world. I know his message to the class of 2018 will inspire them to live our mission to be men and women in service to others,” Townsley said.

His latest book, “Make Today Matter: 10 Habits for a Better Life (and World),” was published Tuesday. Lowney will share key themes from that book during his commencement address.

A summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University, Lowney currently chairs the board of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a health care/hospital system with $15 billion in annual revenue and 95,000 employees that provides $900 million of charity care/community benefit. During his board tenure, CHI has doubled in scale and will become the largest non-profit healthare/hospital system in the United States if its announced merger with Dignity Health is successfully completed.

In addition to serving as WJU’s Commencement speaker, Lowney, who grew up in Queens, New York, will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, adding to the six he already has received from other colleges and universities.


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