President Franco Pavoncello Interviewed by American Women's Association of Rome
John Cabot University President Franco Pavoncello was recently interviewed by the American Women’s Association of Rome (AWAR). Founded in 1955 at the suggestion of then U.S. Ambassador to Italy, Clare Boothe Luce, AWAR is a non-political, non-sectarian and not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote friendship among its members and understanding between Italy and the United States through cultural, social, and educational events, and community service.
The interview kicks off a series spotlighting Friends of AWAR, of which John Cabot University is a Platinum (sustaining) Member.
Dr. Franco Pavoncello joined the faculty of John Cabot University in 1990 as a lecturer in Political Science. He holds a B.A. in International Relations and Chinese and Japanese Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. He served as Dean of Academic Affairs from 1996 to 2005 while continuing to teach. In 2005, he became Acting President of the University and was confirmed President in April 2006. In Spring 2018, the JCU Board of Trustees renewed President Pavoncello’s mandate until 2023. 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.
In the interview, President Pavoncello talks about his life and career, what he is most grateful for, and the person who was the biggest inspiration in his life. He also discusses the most important moments in JCU’s growth, reveals a few little-known facts about the University, and discusses the biggest challenge that it has faced.