Paul G. Schervish

Professor of Sociology/ Director of Center on Wealth & Philanthropy, Boston College

Paul G. Schervish is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College.  He has served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy and as Fulbright Professor of Philanthropy at University College, Cork, Ireland.  He has been selected five times to the NonProfit Times “Power and Influence Top 50.”  Schervish is the author of Gospels of Wealth:  How the Rich Portray Their Lives (Praeger) and co-author with Keith Whitaker of Wealth and the Will of God (Indiana University Press, 2010).  He is currently writing Aristotle’s Legacy: The Moral Biography of Wealth and the New Physics of Philanthropy.  With John Havens, he is the author of the 1998 report, Millionaires and the Millennium, which predicted the now well known $41 trillion wealth transfer.  With support from North Dakota’s Impact Foundation, they completely revised their wealth transfer model and will release the findings in the coming months in the report, Great Expectations: A New Model and Metric for the Continuing Wealth Transfer.  Schervish serves regularly as consultant for individuals and families on issues of heirs and philanthropy, and as a speaker at forums of wealth-holders, financial professionals, and development professionals.  He received a bachelor’s degree in classical and comparative literature from the University of Detroit, a Masters in sociology from Northwestern University, a Masters of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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