Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., PHD
Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D. is the President of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith, and President of the Spitzer Center. The Magis Center produces books, videos, documentaries, and social media resources on the close connection between faith, science, and philosophy, happiness and suffering, and virtue and freedom. The Spitzer Center facilitates programs to help Catholic dioceses and institutions with strategic planning, organizational culture, and spiritual practice.
As President of Gonzaga University from 1998 to 2009, he oversaw extensive growth in the student body and facilities, as well as the academic and faith programs. He is the host of a weekly international one-hour EWTN television program – Father Spitzer’s Universe – concerned with contemporary issues of faith, science, philosophy, and culture.
He has published ten books, some of which have won national awards. He is also completing an encyclopedic volume and on-line tool – The Catholic Faith Compendium – to complement The Catechism of the Catholic Church with scientific and anthropological evidence, theological and philosophical explanation, and spiritual practice. He has published many scholarly articles and makes one hundred presentations per year.
Fr. Spitzer appears frequently on television shows like: The Larry King Live show (with Stephen Hawking), the History Channel, the Today Show, and the PBS series Closer to the Truth. He has appeared on dozens of nationally syndicated radio programs and has produced nine series for EWTN Catholic television and radio.
He held two distinguished academic chairs at Seattle University and Gonzaga University, and received awards for outstanding faculty member at Georgetown University and Seattle University. He received Gonzaga University’s’ highest award, the DeSmet Medal, in 2009.