Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

BC Dean John Garvey Named President of Catholic University

Catholic Boston College Law School Dean (and former AALS President) John H. Garvey  has been named President of Catholic University, effective July 1, 2010. From the Washington Post:

Garvey, dean of the Boston College Law School since 1999, will replace David M. O'Connell as president of Catholic, the national university of the Roman Catholic Church. O'Connell announced his departure in the fall and was tapped this month as bishop-elect of the Diocese of Trenton, N.J.

The transition marks a significant shift for Catholic, which has spent the past dozen years rediscovering its spiritual identity under the guidance of an energetic cleric. Leadership now passes to a lay administrator, who spent a semester at Harvard Divinity School before moving to Harvard Law, where he graduated in 1974.

[Board of Trustees Chair Rev. Allen H.] Vigneron said the university board expects Garvey to continue O'Connell's work to reclaim a Catholic identity for the Northeast Washington campus. O'Connell raised the share of students and faculty who self-identified as Catholics and hosted Pope Benedict XVI in a 2008 visit. He said trustees also appreciated the legal mind Garvey has brought to bear in analyzing Catholic quandaries.


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Would love to understand Leiter's obviously deliberate snubbing of this move on his blog, where he notes far more obscure moves than this one What's the back story that explains it?

Posted by: guesswho | Jul 3, 2010 4:56:36 PM