Vice President and Associate Provost for Institutional Transformation and Leadership Development

(The Rev.) Hugh R. Page, Jr., Professor of Theology and Africana Studies

Hugh Page, professor of theology and Africana studies, was appointed vice president and associate provost for institutional transformation and leadership development in 2021. His major responsibilities include overseeing the Center for Social Concerns, the Notre Dame Scholars’ Program, Notre Dame Learning, the Transformational Leaders Program, the TRiO Programs, and domestic gateways. He also furthers campus conversation on issues related to diversity and leadership development.

Page served as Notre Dame’s vice president and associate provost for undergraduate affairs from 2013 to 2021 and was dean of the University’s First Year of Studies for 14 years. He has also served as associate dean for undergraduate studies in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters and director of the African and African American Studies Program. He was instrumental in the development of the latter into the Department of Africana Studies, which he then chaired.

An Episcopal priest, Page holds a bachelor’s in history from Hampton University, two master’s degrees from The General Theological Seminary in New York, a doctorate in ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation, and a master’s and doctorate in Near Eastern languages and civilizations from Harvard University. He joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1992 and, in 2001, received a Presidential Award for distinguished service to the University.

Page’s scholarly interests include early Hebrew poetry, Africana biblical interpretation, esoterism in Africa and the African Diaspora, poetry as a medium for theological expression, and the use of religious traditions and sacred texts in the construction of individual and corporate identity in the Africana world.

He is the author or editor of Exploring New Paradigms in Biblical and Cognate StudiesThe Myth of Cosmic Rebellion: A Study of its Reflexes in Ugaritic & Biblical LiteratureExodus: A Bible Commentary for Every DayThe Africana Bible: Reading Israel’s Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora, and Israel’s Poetry of Resistance: Africana Perspectives on Early Hebrew Verse.