Rev. William M. Lies, C.S.C.
Vice President for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs
Rev. William M. Lies, C.S.C., is the Vice President for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, a role he began in March of 2012. He formerly served as executive director of the Center for Center for Social Concerns (2002-2012) at Notre Dame. He also teaches in the Department of Political Science and is a fellow of both the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.
As the Vice President for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs, Fr. Bill assists in deepening the conversation across the academy on issues of importance to the Church. He is also the liaison for Notre Dame to the Congregation of Holy Cross, the University’s founding religious community, the U.S. Bishops, the USCCB and its affiliates, the Holy See, and he oversees the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem.
Fr. Bill earned his bachelor’s degree in English with minors in French and Philosophy from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. He received his M.Div. degree from the University of Notre Dame and his doctorate in political science from the University of Pittsburgh. His research and teaching has focused on human rights, religion and politics in Latin America, and the politics of poverty. He has given talks and lectures throughout the country, and serves on a number of related domestic and international boards. In 2013, Fr. Bill received Catholic Charities U.S.A.’s “Keep the Dream Alive” award that honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A native of Little Falls, Minnesota, Fr. Bill is one of ten children and has a twin brother, Jim, who is also a Holy Cross priest. When he is not traveling, he lives on the Notre Dame campus with the Dawgs of Alumni Hall.