JCU Board of Trustees Votes to Renew President Pavoncello’s Mandate

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President Franco Pavoncello

President Franco Pavoncello

John Cabot University is pleased to announce that its Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to renew Dr. Franco Pavoncello’s mandate as President for the next three years, until June of 2019.

Franco Pavoncello is the sixth President of John Cabot University, which was founded in 1972. Under Dr. Pavoncello’s tenure, the University has undergone exceptional growth in terms of academic programs, facilities, and student numbers. The securing of the Tiber Campus in 2008 allowed JCU to double its space and expand its academic offerings as well as create the beautiful Spiegel Student Center. The Gianicolo Residence, inaugurated in 2011, provided the University with a modern apartment-style academic living community.

President Pavoncello joined JCU in 1990 as a member of the faculty and he served as Dean of Academic Affairs from 1996 to 2005 while continuing to lecture in Political Science. In 2005, Dr. Pavoncello became Acting President of the University and was confirmed President in April 2006, the first Italian citizen to lead an American university.

After receiving a B.A. in International Relations and Chinese and Japanese Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Franco Pavoncello continued his studies at the University of Michigan, where he obtained an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Political Science.

A leading analyst of Italian politics, Dr. Pavoncello’s work has appeared in, among others, the American Political Science Review, the British Journal of Political Science, Asian Studies, and World Affairs. He is also a well-known media commentator on Italian affairs, a contributor to major international newspapers, and appears regularly on radio and television networks, including CNN, BBC, New York Times, Reuters Press and TV, International Herald Tribune and many other media organizations. He recently published the article “The Globalization of Education” in Longitude, the first Italian monthly distributed worldwide.

In 2012, President Pavoncello was named “Amico ad honorem” (Friend for Special Merits) of the Accademia dei Lincei, Italy’s National Academy of Sciences, for his special role in establishing closer relationships between the Academy and the Italian-American community.