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Garvey Chosen as 15th University President

June 15, 2010

John H. Garvey, dean of Boston College Law School since 1999, has been appointed the University’s 15th president. The position will be effective July 1, 2010.

Garvey is the first lay man to lead the University since 1982.

“For more than a decade I have been the dean of Boston College Law School, an institution I have loved and been honored to serve. I can think of no other job I would have left BC for. But I have been committed for much of my life to advancing the cause of Catholic higher education, and there is no better place to do that than at The Catholic University of America,” Garvey said in a University press release. “I hope during my term as president to continue the work Bishop O’Connell has done to build the quality of its academic programs, both graduate and undergraduate, and the endowment necessary to support them.”

Garvey previously worked as a professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School, the University of Michigan Law School and as a professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law. He also served as assistant to the solicitor general at the U.S. Department of Justice, worked as an associate at Morrison & Foerster, in San Francisco and as a law clerk to Irving R. Kaufman, United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, from 1974 to 1975.

He has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Danforth Foundation, and is a well published author.

The search for the next president took nine months to complete and the search committe was lead by Allen H. Vigneron, archbishop of Detroit and chairman of the CUA Board of Trustees

Current University President Rev. David M. O’Connell was recently named the bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey.
The University has established a website for more information on the president-elect.

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