James O'Donnell was Provost at Georgetown University. In addition to being an innovator in the use of networked information technology in higher education, he has published widely on the history and culture of the late antique Mediterranean world. He has served as a Director of the Medieval Academy of America and is a Fellow of the Academy. O'Donnell has served as a Director and as President of the American Philological Association (APA) and serves as Delegate of the APA to the American Council of Learned Societies. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the ACLS. His most recent book is Augustine: A New Biography (HarperCollins, 2005). O'Donnell holds an A.B. from Princeton and a Ph.D from Yale.