Valparaiso University announces that the Rev. John Arthur Nunes, who will serve as keynote speaker at the University’s May 19 commencement ceremony, will join its faculty as the Jochum Professor and Chair. Since 2007, Nunes has served as president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief, a $49 million global organization, leading staff in 17 countries in working to end poverty, injustice, and human suffering worldwide.
The Emil and Elfriede Jochum Chair, a University professorship established through a gift from Emil Jochum, supports the study of Christian values in public and professional life.
“As an international Lutheran university, Valpo is concerned with both the intellectual and spiritual development of our graduates,” said Mark R. Schwehn, PhD, University Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Pastor Nunes’ career is a model for those seeking to become leaders who will be informed by their faith and who will tirelessly strive for justice in the world. As Jochum Chair, Pastor Nunes will hold this University to its highest ideals of scholarship and faith.”