Dr. David J.

David J. Livingston, Ph.D.

Dr. David J. Livingston, Ph.D.

Dr. David J. Livingston took office as Lourdes University's ninth president on July 1, 2013. With more than 15 years of academic and leadership experience, his knowledge of the operational functions of a university and the needs of its various student populations will guide the institution to new heights.

A native of Dundee, a suburb of Chicago, IL, he received his B.A. in Chemistry from Augustana College; his M.A. in Theology from Loyola University, and his Ph.D. in Theology from Vanderbilt University. Past appointments have included teaching at Joliet Catholic Academy, and Loyola Academy in Joliet, and Wilmette, Illinois. Entering higher education in 1997, he accepted a tenure-track appointment in the Religious Studies Department at Mercyhurst College.

While at Mercyhurst, Dr. Livingston served as a tenured professor and chair of the Religious Studies Department, as well as Vice President for Advancement. He was also elected President of Faculty Senate, and appointed a member of the institution's Board of Trustees.

Dr. Livingston's accomplishments in his academic and administrative roles include:

  • Developing a study abroad program;
  • Establishing an international campus in Dungarvan, Ireland;
  • Raising funds for a new $10.5 million academic building as well as managing the construction; and
  • Achieving the $30 million mark two years ahead of schedule on a $50 million capital campaign

Dr. Livingston's scholarship focuses on the theological and ethical aspects of forgiveness and reconciliation. His primary concentration is interpreting religious and cultural responses to domestic violence.

He and his wife Joan, a therapist, have seen their academic and professional careers take them to many cities throughout Illinois, and other locations including Europe, Mexico, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and now Ohio. The couple also enjoys spending time with their adult children Matt and Sara.

Having coached high school cross country, wrestling, soccer, and track, Dr. Livingston enjoys running, hiking, and kayaking. He is also an experienced traveler, having been fortunate to travel to Assisi, Italy, several times.


Theresa Holup
Executive Administrative Assistant to the President
Lourdes Hall, Room 133