Rev. Michael J. Sheeran, S.J. has served as President of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) since April 1, 2013. Prior to his arrival at AJCU, Fr. Sheeran was the President of Regis University in Denver from January 1, 1993 to May 31, 2012. He had been academic vice president of the University from 1982-1993.
In August 1993, Fr. Sheeran hosted at Regis the first meeting between Pope John Paul II and President Bill Clinton. He also served as an expert commentator for Channel 4 in Denver during World Youth Day in 1993 and again during the 2005 election of Pope Benedict XVI.
Fr. Sheeran received his doctorate in politics from Princeton University in 1977. His dissertation on the Quaker decision-making process – a variant on Jesuit Communal Discernment -- is now a book used by Quakers to teach their method to new members of their community. He entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1957 and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1970.
Fr. Sheeran joined Regis University in 1975 as Assistant Professor of History and Political Science and Director of Student Academic Services. In 1977, he was named Academic Dean of the College and became Academic Vice President in 1982. He previously taught at Saint Louis University and at Regis Jesuit High School in Denver, CO.
Fr. Sheeran is a trustee of John Carroll University and Saint Louis University. He is a former trustee of the University of San Francisco; Regis Jesuit High School in Denver; St. John Vianney Seminary (Archdiocese of Denver), and a former member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities. Other board service has included: National Board of Campus Compact; Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design; Rockhurst University; Creighton University; Loyola University New Orleans; the Colorado Institute of Technology; the Association of Catholic Colleges & Universities (ACCU); Community College of Aurora Advisory Council; and Board Chair for Mile High United Way.
Fr. Sheeran received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Denver in 2000 and the University of San Francisco in 2012.
He currently staffs the national coordinating committee for the Ignatian Mission Reaffirmation Process (“Examen”) of the American Jesuit Colleges and Universities.