A person walks by the Lepage Center sign outside the office.

The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest is founded on the belief that historical scholarship and historical perspective are central when examining contemporary global issues.

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Lepage Center is to advance our conviction that historical study can further public understanding of the present moment. The Center promotes the importance of historical knowledge and perspectives by organizing diverse events and programs that gather scholars, educators, journalists, policymakers, activists and students to reflect upon the present through the lens of the past.

Committed to training the next generation of historians, the Lepage Center offers Villanova students a range of opportunities to gain first-hand experience with public history, communications and event programming.


The Lepage Center launched in January 2017 and was made possible through the vision and generosity of Albert Lepage ’69 CLAS, a history major at Villanova and retired co-chairman of Lepage Bakeries Inc.



Keisha N. Blain, PhD, Professor of Africana Studies and History, Brown University 

Jarrett Brown, PhD

Kristopher Brown '08 CLAS, EdD, Equity Officer, Abington Senior High School

Mark Jacobson, PhD, Assistant Dean for Washington Programs, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University

Aaron Jones '06 CLAS, PhD, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Justice Curriculum Coordinator, American School, Doha, Qatar; Affiliate Professor, St. Joseph's University 

Francoise O. Lepage, PhD, Dean Emerita, School of Business and International Studies; Advisor to the President, Sarlo Distinguished Professor, Dominican University of California

Brett Loper '95 CLAS, Senior Vice President, American Express

Aaron Moore '14 CLAS, '15 MA, Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Harris County Commissioner Precinct 4

Inga Saffron, Journalist and Architecture Critic, Philadelphia Inquirer

John F. Smith III, Chair, Board of Directors, Global Philadelphia Association

Heather Templeton Dill '04 MA, President, John Templeton Foundation

Jonathan Zimmerman, PhD, Professor of History of Education, University of Pennsylvania

Ex officio

Albert Lepage '69 CLAS, retired co-chairman, Lepage Bakeries

Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, Julia and William Moulden Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Villanova University

Lynne Hartnett, PhD, Chair, History Department, Villanova University

The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest
Villanova University
St. Augustine Center, Room 410


Your donations support the Center in its mission to advance historical study so that the public can better understand the present.