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Jay Hein to Speak About Serving Those Who Serve

Jay F. Hein, director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives under President George W. Bush and currently president of Sagamore Institute, is coming to the Mount to examine how faith-based universities are best equipped to assist faith-based organizations with their unique work.

jayhein-headshot.jpgHein's talk, titled "Serving Those Who Serve: How Faith-Based Universities Can Support Faith-Based Organizations," is set for January 23 at 6 p.m. in Laughlin Auditorium. The presentation is sponsored by the BB&T Center for the Study of the Moral Foundations of Capitalism. This is part of an ongoing series dedicated to civil society generally and faith-based programs in particular. Prior lectures have touched on the roles of urban ministries, the unique effectiveness of faith based programs and how Archbishop John Hughes saved New York’s Irish.

In serving as deputy assistant to President Bush and director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, Hein advised the president and oversaw the implementation of a “determined attack on need” with staff at a dozen cabinet agencies. Hein left Sagamore, a think tank that he cofounded in 2004 with U.S. Senator Dan Coats, to work in the White House in 2006 and returned to the institute in 2008.

As part of his Sagamore duties, Hein also serves as managing director of an impact-investing vehicle called Sagamore Investments, LLC.  In addition, he is a fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for the Studies of Religion.