Tony Banout

Former Senior Vice President

Raised in an immigrant household in New York, where he was steeped in the Coptic Orthodox Church and absorbed both Roman Catholic and Islamic influences, Tony describes the American experiment of e pluribus unum as his lifelong vocation, which he has approached civically, academically, professionally, and artistically. Tony contributes regularly to the national conversation about the role of interfaith cooperation in a religiously diverse democracy, often touching on philanthropy and higher education. He holds a PhD from the University of Chicago, where he studied at the Divinity School and was a Martin Marty Center and Provost fellow. Tony is a proud father of three to Lucas, Nina and Leo. In his spare time he enjoys both making and listening to music.

Tony Banout now serves as the inaugural Executive Director of the University of Chicago’s Forum for Free Inquiry and Expression.

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