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James O'Donnell is a professor and university librarian at Arizona State University. He was provost at Georgetown University from 2002 to 2012 and continued as a professor there until 2015. 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 served as a director of the Medieval Academy of America and is a fellow of that academy. O'Donnell has served as a director and as president of the American Philological Association (APA) (renamed the Society for Classical Studies in 2014) 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. He is the author of, among others, Augustine: A New Biography (2005). O'Donnell holds an A.B. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from Yale University.