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Veteran Church Leader, Distinguished Catholic Journalist Join Cardinal Newman Society Staff

From the Cardinal Newman Society press release:
Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) President Patrick J. Reilly announced today the hiring of two senior level program staff tasked with expanding and enhancing the organization’s work to help renew and strengthen the Catholic identity of Catholic colleges and universities. “I am excited to welcome veteran Church leader Robert Laird and distinguished Catholic journalist Charlotte Hays to our Manassas, Virginia, headquarters as senior-level staff members in two newly created positions,” said Reilly. “Bob and Charlotte bring an array of talents from their rich professional experiences and will help make The Cardinal Newman Society even more effective in service to the Church and Catholic education.” Laird is The Cardinal Newman Society’s first Director of Programs. In this position, he will oversee key programs including the National Catholic High School Honor Roll and parent and student outreach. Laird will also manage programs for the Society’s Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and a career Army officer, Bob has for the last 20 years worked as a Catholic leader in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. He served as the long-time director of the diocese’s Office of Family Life and most recently as Executive Director of the pro-life Tepeyac Family Center and Divine Mercy Care healthcare apostolates. Bob is also a member of the board of directors of the Couple to Couple League. Hays is The Cardinal Newman Society’s first Director of Campus News and Publications. She serves as editor for the Society’s daily campus reporting at She also writes feature articles and conducts long-term investigative research on issues at Catholic campuses. A distinguished Catholic journalist and author, Hays won an award from the Catholic Press Association for her interview with Walker Percy. She is a former Washington correspondent for the National Catholic Register, reporter at the Washington Times, and editor of the Independent Women’s Forum’s The Women’s Quarterly. Hays is a published author of books on southern humor. Founded in 1993, the mission of The Cardinal Newman Society is to help renew and strengthen Catholic identity in Catholic higher education.
This release was originally posted on the CNS website here.

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