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The president of Catholic University of America is slated to speak at University of St. Thomas about the challenges facing U.S. Catholic colleges and universities.
John Garvey, president of Catholic University and former dean of Boston College Law School, will discuss “The Challenges of Mission-Focused Leadership at a Catholic University” as part of a series of lectures. His talk is June 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Woulfe Alumni Hall in the Anderson Student Center.
“While all institutions of higher learning are confronting economic and demographic challenges, Catholic colleges and universities face added pressures,” said Elizabeth Schiltz, a professor at St. Thomas’ School of Law, in a released statement from St. Thomas.
“Catholic universities like St. Thomas welcome a diverse student body. Some students are Catholic, some are from other religions and some are not from any religion. We strive to respect all students and to nurture this diversity, and at the same time we strive to protect our religious identity."
“This is a delicate and sometimes tricky balance to achieve. At St. Thomas, we found that many faculty and staff have been discussing as well as dealing with this challenge.”
The series opened in March with the Rev. Robert Spitzer, former president of Gonzaga University, followed by Lee Shulman, former president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Scheduled this fall are visits from the Rev. James Burns of Boston College and Patricia O’Hara of Notre Dame School of Law.
For more information and to register, check out St. Thomas website on the lecture series