Michael Galligan-Stierle

President/CEO Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities​

Michael has over 40 years of experience in higher education and various ministerial settings. The primary focus of his work has been in higher education and ministry with young adults as a campus minister, a religious studies professor, a seminary instructor, and a graduate ministry internship director. Michael’s 1996 book, Gospel on Campus, is viewed as a standard for Catholic campus ministry in the U.S. His book Promising Practices: Collaboration among Catholic Bishops and University Presidents highlights proven ways that bishops, diocesan agencies, and Catholic colleges and universities collaborate. In 2015, ACCU released the second volume of A Mission Officer Handbook, which Dr. Galligan-Stierle conceived and edited, profiling the many ways that mission officers can advance Catholic identity and university mission. He is currently working on an entirely new book project in the area of Student Affairs sparked, in part, by the success of volumes I & II of the Mission Officers Handbook. Michael holds a Ph.D. in Sacred Scripture, an M.A. in Psychology, and an M.A. in Theology. He has been married for 38 years to Pamela. Pamela and Michael are the proud parents of two biological and two adopted children and grandparents to six grandchildren.