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'Archbishops, Cardinals' Excited About Ave Maria's Future with New President Jim Towey

Ave Maria University announced recently that Jim Towey will be the University's next president, beginning July 1, 2011.  He is the former head of the White House Office for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and president of Saint Vincent College. Towey is succeeding Nicholas Healy as president and Ave Maria founder Thomas Monaghan as CEO.  Monaghan plans to continue on as chancellor of the University. National Catholic Register senior writer Tim Drake interviewed Jim Towey about his appointment.  Drake asked Towey, "what makes Ave Maria different?" and Towey responded:
Ave Maria is a prototype of what Catholic education in the 21st century can be. What I love about it is the vision of this dedicated layman, Tom Monaghan. I’m going there because of his commitment and vision... The facilities are spectacular. They’re built to withstand strong storms. I’ve toured universities all over America and at most, they’ll say, “Come see our new library.” At Ave Maria, everything is new. What’s exciting is that I’ve had calls from archbishops, cardinals, President Bush and Gov. Bush and many others who know about Ave Maria and are excited about its future. That’s encouraging. My local bishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, twisted my arm a little bit when I was discerning to take the job. That, to me, is a good sign that so much of America’s Church leadership is excited about Ave Maria.
Read the rest of the interview with Jim Towey here. Ave Maria University is one of the institutions recommended by The Cardinal Newman Society in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, available here as a free online resource for Catholic families.

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