As the president of Notre Dame since 1986, Father Edward Malloy (affectionately known as Monk) holds a unique position in American society: He is at once a priest, a scholar, and the leader of the most high-profile Catholic institution in the country. In this edition of Monk's Reflections, he shares his views on the world of higher education and provides insight into his own place in that world. The book falls into three parts: "The University President," in which Father Malloy explains the president's role; "Academia and the Life of the Mind," in which he examines the practices of teaching and scholarship in the contemporary university setting; and "The Collegiate World," in which he comments on the nonacademic facets of college life, including athletics, residentiality, and religion. Father Malloy writes in a warm, personable tone, often touching on his own life experiences. He is not afraid to voice strong opinions, but he does so in a compassionate manner that speaks well of him both as a priest and a president, and that makes for an eminently readable book. Notre Dame alumni are among the most dedicated and loyal in America, and will certainly be eager to read about Father Malloy's experiences.
Rev. Edward A."Monk" Malloy, C.S.C, graduated from the University of Notre Dame, attended the seminary formation program for the Congregation of Holy Cross, and was ordained at Sacred Heart Church on the Notre Dame campus in 1970. He has been a member of Notre Dame's theology faculty since 1974 and received his Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from Vanderbilt University in 1975. He became Notre Dame's 16th president in 1987, after previously serving as university vice president and associate provost.