The Catholic University of America

President-elect

"Thank you!"
– Colleen Flanagan (2013)
Student
Submitted
9/25/12

Dear President and Mrs. Garvey, Thank you for hosting a lunch for students today, September 25th. It was lovely spending time with both of you and being able to talk with you about CUA and what we can do to make a difference. I hope we were able to give you some good feedback, and I know I have lots to think about as well. This is lunch is another wonderful example of how you and CUA truly care for the community. Thank you, Colleen Flanagan

"coed dorms & parietal hours"
– Robert Lambert (former grad student)
Submitted
7/23/12

Dear President Garvey, I was elated to hear that you will be eliminating the practice of coed dorms at Catholic University. I have never understood how this practice could be tolerated at any truly Catholic school. I also do not understand how, once coed dorms are recognized as a near occasion of sin for the students, their elimination can be phased in over four years. It is imperative for the moral health of all the students that there be an immediate transition to single sex dorms for all. Another practice that needs to go is parietal hours which are widely abused and totally without merit.

"Washington Post"
– Wilfred Billerbeck (1952)
CUA BAE graduate
Submitted
5/27/12

John, I am pleased to see your article in the Washington Post today, and your leading position in the fight for religious liberty. This could affect all our many Catholic charitable institutions that help the poor. You clearly highllghted the issues with simple examples that apply to all religions in our great United States! Our prayers are with you!

"HHS Lawsuit"
– Rosemary McDonough (N/A)
Wife of BC Law alumnus Walter McDonough '79
Submitted
5/25/12

Dear John, Walter and I were so pleased to see Catholic University among the 43 plaintiffs suing the Obama Administration over the HHS regulations. This flagrant violation of freedom of religion must be stopped, and you are just the man to make it happen! We wish you well in your endeavors. All is well here. Our daughter, Molly, is following her father's footsteps and will begin law school at Penn State Dickinson in the fall. She hopes to become a prosecutor. Walter and I wish you well, and hope your new assignment at Catholic University is a productive and fulfilling one. Best wishes, Rosemary McDonough

"Congratulations"
– Lillian Heffernan (1950's special Art student)
I'm an 80 yr-old nobody
Submitted
4/16/12

Thank God for you Mr.Garvey. I attended CU in the mid-fifties before Catholicism was under siege. All was well and all was Catholic and then came the 60's: an exodus of Religious from many Houses of Study in what we called "Little Rome", all kinds of changes took place at Mass - it was tantamount to a Catholic earthquake. Please bring back genuine Catholicism. I lived on 12th St. across from the girl's dorm - all was well and there was no trace of cohabitating. My children's Catholic education was wanting because the nun's were replaced with lay-people who did not have the Catholic training. My prayers are with you to bring back serious Catholicism and all that was sacred.

"Your address in Cambridge"
– Maria Devlin
1st year PhD student, Harvard University
Submitted
2/29/12

Dear President Garvey, I was glad to have the chance to meet you briefly at St. Paul's Church, Cambridge, this Sunday, and I just wanted to write and thank you again for that beautifully articulate and confidently faith-filled address. I study English Literature because I felt that this was the field which would most allow me to inform an intellectual life with the moral life and the spiritual life. I feel a deep sympathy with your conviction that study and virtue, reason and faith, depend on and support each other, and that all flourish most in a company of like-minded colleagues and friends. As Resident Advisors and as a teaching fellows here at Harvard, my friends and I are looking for ways to help create those communities, and we'll be keeping an eye on your writings and the goings-on at CUA for ideas and inspiration to help us do that. Thank you again. With all best wishes, Maria Devlin

"Conratulations"
– Bill Campbell
Associate Professor, The College of St. Scholastica
Submitted
1/17/12

Hi John, I'm sorry to be so late in congratulating you on your appointment as President of CUA, but I just learned of it. I wish you the best in this new and challenging role. I'm sorry our paths didn't cross while I was at BC--another time, perhaps.

"Single Sex Dorms"
– Dale Delgado (N/A)
KoC PGK, SFO
Submitted
12/1/11

President Garvey, Congratulations on your courageous stand and recent win in the battle against those trying to destroy the Church, our beliefs, and "our" University in the US. It is very gratifying to know that there are still people willing to support and defend the beliefs of our beloved Church, regardless of the personal risks that may need to be taken. You are truly a beacon in the night and a real-life example of what being a Catholic in day to day life really means. If we live our faith, and put our trust in God, good will always triumph over evil. Thank you for defending the values of our Church and "our" University. Congratulations again and keep up the good work!

"courageous turn around - single sex dorms"
– S. Burns
mother of college bound daughter
Submitted
11/6/11

Dear President Garvey, Thank you for your decision highlighted in WSJ (6/13/11) to put CUA back on the track of offering a truly Catholic education. Like you and your wife, we are a Catholic family seeking to raise up our 5 children in the fullness of the faith. Currently, we are involved in the college application process for our first born. For the life of me, I cannot understand colleges that seek to send educated graduates into the world, yet insist that coed dorms are really a part of that process. Especially Catholic colleges! As you indicated, statistics show otherwise. Up until reading your WSJ article, CUA wasn't even on our radar for higher education. Our family did not have positive view of CUA's level of authentic Catholicism. That has now changed. Thank you for having the courage to be counter cultural for Christ!

"Prayerful support"
– Genevieve White (2009)
Submitted
10/29/11

Dear President Garvey, I know you are probably under a lot of pressure these days - please know that many of us (including myself) believe you are doing the right thing and standing on principle. I thank you, and want you to know that you are in my prayers throughout this ordeal. Sincerely, Genna White


"Congrats and Best Wishes"
– Karl Williams
Associate Professor, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY
Submitted
10/1/11

I've just learned of your appointment. As a former student (UK Law '90) I know CUA will do well with your guidance. All the best, Karl Williams

"Thanks for thoughtful op-ed"
– T. Cory (2009)
Asst Prof
Submitted
9/30/11

Dear President Garvey, Thank you for your thoughtful op-ed in the Washington Post today (9/30/11) on the violation of freedom of conscience in the new HHS rules. I teach this issue in my ethics classes, and I am so grateful and proud to see my alma mater taking a leadership role in protecting this freedom.

"Remain steadfast, my brother in Christ!"
– Christopher R. J. Richard (2012)
Mr.
Submitted
9/16/11

It has reached my ears that a lawsuit has been filed against you, Present Garvey, because you have decided to introduce and enforce the policy of single-sex dorms to our campus. This policy being the best thing at this university that I have seen since my first semester in the Fall of 2007, it is not a surprise that a fellow professor from another university would attack you, for since the condition of universities as they are in the States is in such shambles, this professor can only criticize the first thing within these places of higher education that moves, promising hope, and appears to have a glimmer of truly enlightened thinking. He can only criticize us because his understanding of the university is that of teaching equality in all things, but if we take, for instance, ideas: all ideas are not equal, since the very nature of an idea is oftentimes that it must conflict with its opposite idea, and, in truth, some ideas are superior to other ideas by nature of being the true one. And, President Garvey, the idea to change our housing policy at C.U.A. to single-sex dorms only is a true one. Trust in Christ! God bless you and keep you!

"Courageous Decision"
– Ramon Tapia
Deacon Dioceses of Albany, NY
Submitted
9/16/11

Thank you for your courageous decision about same sex dorms at CUA. We need more leaders like you in Catholic universities in this country.

"Well Done (Yet again) !"
– Fr. Seamus P O'Kielty
Submitted
8/4/11

Thanks and support for all the good things you are doing for and at and to CUA. Especially for your latest decision about coed dormitories. It seems that anyone with a little common sense would make the same decision but in our Godless society, it took a lot of courage. The elephant that is ignored in coed dormitories, original sin, looms only too large for Catholic educators and parents and explains why young people, even the best intentioned are often unable to avoid the occasions of sin. Single sex dormitories diminish the occasions which is a good thing. Prayers and blessings.

"Congratulations!"
– Claire McGrath
South Bend, Indiana, Catholic Worker
Submitted
7/7/11

John Garvey, I am pleased to read in the NCR about your new office as president of Catholic University of America. My love to Jeanne and all the kids - Hi Kevin! hope you are all thriving. I live in Omaha now... Claire (Grace) McGrath, former director- local Catholic Worker in South Bend.

"Single-Sex Dorms"
– Mary LeBlanc
Submitted
6/27/11

Congratulations and bravo to you on your new position and your decision to return to single-sex dorms! How fortunate those students will be who will be able to seek and fulfill their true identity in Christ in this enriching and supportive Catholic environment. Be assured of my prayers for you and the CUA family as you embark on this challenging new role.

"Thank you for your courage and common sense"
– Karen Henshaw
Mom of teens researching universities
Submitted
6/25/11

I am a mother who wants her children to have a good chance of keeping their Catholic faith and moral integrity through college. Your willingness to promote the truth of the human person counter to the current cultural "wisdom" puts CUA on our list of universities we will consider. Thank you.

"Transition to Same-Sex Dorms"
– Rosemary Lyons
Submitted
6/24/11

Dear Mr. President: I hope you have been inundated with praise and congratulations for your brave and wise decision to transition back to same-sex dorms at CUA. I would like to add my thanks to you for restoring an atmosphere of virtue for our young students to thrive in. Yours in Christ, Rosemary Lyons

"Single Sex Dorms"
– Madeline LeBlanc
Parent of College Age Children
Submitted
6/23/11

Thank you for having the courage to tackle what you properly described as one of the most serious ethical issues of our times – the anything goes, no rules apply dormitory culture on most college campuses. It breeds irresponsibility and makes it almost impossible for parents to have their principles respected on campus, when the institutional norm flies in the face of any moral code. Count on my prayers for you in your new role; clearly, you were the perfect choice for CU.

"Courageous decision"
– Patricia Dillon Watson (1958, 1970)
Alumna, Alumni Board of Governor's member
Submitted
6/15/11

Kudos to you for your courageous decision reported in WSJ, June 13. As an alumna with two degrees and as a two-term member of the Alumni Board of Governors, I have been concerned about the slippage of values that CU inculcated decades ago in its students and graduates. We need and value your leadership and strength for CU to reconnect with its mission.

"WSJ article"
– Elenne Najarian
Submitted
6/13/11

Bravo to you President Garvey for your piece in the Wall Street Journal (June 13, 2011) regarding single-sex dorms. I wish my sons were starting college all over again and I would hope they would attend Catholic University. Wishing you much success as President.

"Congratulations"
– Prudie Campbell
Retired Guidance Counselor
Submitted
2/6/11

John, Catholic U. is fortunate to have you as its new President. Your inaugural address was mentioned in the bulletin at the Newman Center today. I feel fortunate to know the new President of CUA. My best to Jeanne. Prudie

"Inaugural Address"
– Donna Coleman Gregg (Columbus School of Law)
Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Institute for Communications Law Studies
Submitted
2/1/11

As a law professor teaching Administrative Law this semester, I was pleased by your mention of that area of the law in your Inaugural Address to illustrate the connection between intellect and virtue. I read that passage to my class yesterday evening and provided a link to the full text, because I thought it important for the students to hear. From their response, they seemed to think so, too. Thank you for your thoughtful and thought-provoking address and for coming to CUA to be its 15th President.

"Congratulations!!!!"
– Maria C. Parker
former Associate Director for Public Policy: MA Catholic Conference
Submitted
1/31/11

Dear President Garvey, Having just learned the great news, may I convey my sincere congratulations. We met during my years at the MA Catholic Conference and I recall with fondness your outstanding support for our public policy initiatives. My husband Ken and I wish you every blessing during your tenure as President of CUA. May the Holy Spirit guide you as you lead this prestigious university to even greater heights. What a wonderful match. Hope our paths cross again. Warm regards.

"Proud of Your Achievement"
– Gilda Stigliano DDS
KCHS 1972
Submitted
1/28/11

We former students who knew and admired your siblings and parents are thrilled to hear about this good news about someone from our midst! This is such a blessing and I hope that your desires are fulfilled. We need more Catholic role models like you...we are all so proud of your achievement!

"Ad Multos Annos"
– Fr. Seamaisin O Kielty
Grad Student
Submitted
1/26/11

Dear President Garvey: If your hopefully many years as President of CUA are as august, faith-filled and inspiring as the Inaugural Mass and your own self-effacing but powerful words and persona, you and all at or attached to CUA will be blessed indeed! That is my prayer for you and yours. le meas mor, Slan agus Beannacht, An t-Athair Seamaisin O Kielty.

"Congratulations!"
– Joan Petrini Willy
Submitted
1/26/11

John, Congratulations from the Petrini/Willy families in the Shenango Valley!

"Welcome!"
– Erin McNamara (2013)
Undergraduate, Sophomore
Submitted
1/19/11

Hello President Garvey and welcome to the Catholic University of America! Upon finding out that you are the new president here at Catholic U, I also found out that you are from Dedham, MA. This excited me very much because I am from Dedham as well!I live in the Oakdale area and graduated from Dedham in 2009! It is such a lovely coincidence that our new president is from my home town as well! I am very honored to have you as our president! Thank you for all of your hard work so far and to all of your work in the future here at CUA!

"A Major Leap Forward"
– Bronislaw Misztal
Professor & Chair, Sociology, CUA
Submitted
1/18/11

The Sociology Department welcomes you as an intellectual, thinker and leader of our academic community. Your views presented in today's "Morning Edition" of the NPR mark a major leap forward for the University community.

"CUA is fortunate"
– Brian Biggins
Honored Cousin
Submitted
1/11/11

John, Myself and my sisters wish you the very best in this position. CUA certainly recognizes your fine qualities; some self-developed and others inherited that which hold the University in good stead through your tenure. We hope that you and Jeanne will enjoy and thrive in your new roles. Bige

"CUA Is First Choice"
– Noor
Submitted
12/2/10

As a parent of a prospective applicant from Boston College High School, we say congratulations. We were so impressed with CUA, it is our son's first choice for the architecture program. Wishing you many years of success and continued growth for CUA. God Bless.

"An Admirable Successor to Fr. O'Connell"
– John J. O'Donnell, Jr. (1952)
Alumnus (retiree)
Submitted
11/24/10

Dear President Garvey, Your interview in the Fall Issue of CUA Magazine leaves no doubt in my mind that the Board of Trustees has selected an admirable successor to Fr. O'Connell as president of my alma mater. I was particularly impressed with your observation about the University's continuing need to educate on the college level. "Undergraduates are essential to the mission of this University" is the way you put it – and please let me add (as you also implied earlier in your remarks) "and to the mission of the Church." CUA in my years there (1948-52) required A & S undergraduate students to take four years of religion and three years of philosophy. The formative effect – intellectually and religiously – of those required courses, sustained by my own post-graduate reading and the Good Lord's grace, happily, has remained with me to this day. When I entered CUA in 1948 I was, by any measure, unformed intellectually and spiritually. Thank God for CUA and the GI Bill – and thank God (and Dean Campbell) for those required courses. Much has happened in the Church and in higher education during the nearly 60 years since my graduation. I doubt if the courses in religion and philosophy are still required of A & S undergraduates –a pity in my view if they are not. Well I leave you with this Old Grad's reflections on the school that formed him intellectually more than a half century ago. I remain grateful for that formation and feel confident that the spiritual and philosophical needs of the University's current undergrads will not escape the attention CUA's new and very capable president. God bless you.

"Congratulations"
– James Noll
Lawyer
Submitted
9/27/10

John, Just learned of your being named as President at Catholic University. I was a guest student in one of your law classes at U. of Kentucky in 1994 the spring before you left for Notre Dame. I enrolled the following fall. As a 1992 undergrad from ND, its great to see you in your current role. I hope we have a chance to meet again in the future. God's speed.

"Congratulations from BC High Parent"
– Susan Roche
Parent of a prospective applicant, 2011
Submitted
8/21/10

As a parent of a prospective applicant from Boston College High School, we say congratulations. We were so impressed with CUA, it is our son's first choice for the architecture program. Wishing you many years of success and continued growth for CUA. God Bless.

"Congratulations on your appointment"
– Mary Ann Cipriano
Friend
Submitted
8/1/10

Your parents served with me at St. Joseph's school in Sharon, PA, in various capacities in the PTA as it was known at the time. My children attended the school at the same time as the ones born in 1952 and 1954, 1955 and 1958 in your parents' family. I know you are expecting to hear from alums of CUA, but when I read of your appointment, I had to send this to you. I am sure you will be successful, and our prayers will be with you. Thanks for reading this.

"Congratulations!"
– Dr. Bill Evans
Professor, Westminster College
Submitted
7/15/10

John, We wish the best for you in the presidency and for your family in this new venture. Warmly, Bill, Ann, Sam and Andy.

"A Gem"
– John J. Manning, Jr
ND '71
Submitted
7/14/10

John Hugh, Catholic University has a selected a gem. Congratulations! Cy and Claudia would be so proud. John & Kari Manning

"CUA has chosen well"
– Margaret M. Evans Weeter
Submitted
7/11/10

John, Congratulations and best wishes on this newest step in your life. How proud Aunt Claudia and Uncle Cy and Kevin must be as they observe from their loftier perch. I am sure that Dad and Mom are watching, too. CUA has chosen well. Jeanne, all the best to you as well.

"Biotechnology"
– Frank Portugal, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor of Biology and Director M.S. in Biotechnology Program
Submitted
7/1/10

Like yourself, I am a recent addition to the CUA faculty. I wish you great success and look forward to working with you and Dr. Venigalla Rao, chair of the Biology Department, to make the new master's degree in biotechnology program outstanding.

"A Warm Welcome"
– Marion McDuffie Gosney (B.A. 1975)
Director of Alumni Relations
Submitted
6/25/10

President and Mrs. Garvey - On behalf of my fellow alumni worldwide, welcome to The Catholic University of America! We are excited about working with you to advance our university.

Celtic cross near the Cliffs of Moher
Celtic cross near the Cliffs of Moher

"Break a leg!"
– Gary Sloan
Associate Professor of Drama
Submitted
6/25/10

The traditional good luck wish in the theatre before a show seems appropriate – we'll toast a long and successful run. Congratulations and may God bless your work. Slainte.

"Great choice"
– Mickey Jackson (2013)
Student
Submitted
6/24/10

The more I learn about you, the more I'm convinced that the Board of Trustees simply could not have made a better choice. CUA is a very unique school, and it sounds like we're about to get a very unique president. I look forward to what I'm sure will be a great number of positive accomplishments! Congratulations and welcome.

"Blessing!"
– Jeremy Roca (2014)
Freshmen at CUA
Submitted
6/24/10

May the Lord our Great Creator bless you this day! Give you peace and hope and courage along your way! May you stay within God's keeping, in your waking, in your sleeping, in your joy and in your weeping God be with you! Welcome President-Elect!

"Welcome to CUA!"
– Edward Cook
Associate Professor, Dept. of Semitics
Submitted
6/24/10

Dear Dr. Garvey: We are so glad to welcome you to CUA, and you have our warmest wishes and prayers for success! We hope that you will be able to come and visit us in the department in the near future, and tour the ICOR library.

"Welcome!"
– Lisette Pylant (2013)
Student
Submitted
6/24/10

Really looking forward to seeing you around campus this fall! Have a wonderful summer!

"God bless!"
– Tom Tiedemann
ND classmate
Submitted
6/23/10

What wonderful news! CUA is very perceptive and fortunate to have honored you with its presidency. Tom & Leslie

"Welcome"
– Peggy V. Stack
Stationary Engineer
Submitted
6/22/10

The Power Plant would like to welcome you to our campus and invite you to tour our plant.

"Thanking God for you"
– Jean S. Lee (1992)
MSLS
Submitted
6/21/10

Professor Garvey: Best wishes to you and Mrs. Garvey (her name is easy to remember, because it's my name too, but she spells it correctly). I read your bio and you sound like quite a renaissance man! You and I have an interest in German (I need to brush up though) and piano – I'd better get practicing! God bless you as you lead CUA. I'm praying that God will give you the strength you need each day to make all those executive decisions – enjoy! I look forward to meeting you someday.

CPIT garden
CPIT garden

"Welcome to a fellow gardener!"
– Joe Robbins
CPIT Staff
Submitted
6/21/10

Just wanted to say welcome aboard and after having read that you have an interest in gardening to invite you to visit our CPIT organic garden here at Leahy Hall (Harewood Rd. side)!

"Welcome to CUA!"
– Joseph A. Santo (DMA 1989)
Music School, Assistant Dean
Submitted
6/21/10

Dear Dr. Garvey: It was a pleasure to meet you last week and to compare notes on our undergraduate days at ND. God's blessings as you begin your presidency at CUA.

"Welcome"
– Andrew Abela
Chairman, Department of Business & Economics
Submitted
6/21/10

My colleagues and I in the Department of Business & Economics welcome you to CUA. We look forward to working with you.

"Welcome"
– Carl Petchik (1966, 1973, 1975)
AVP Facilities and Operations
Submitted
6/21/10

Congratulations and welcome to the university, I look forward to working with you and hope you enjoy all the campus and all that Washington D.C. has to offer.

"Congratulations & Best Wishes"
– Stephanie Michael (1995)
Director of Faculty Services, Law School
Submitted
6/21/10

Wishing you every blessing during your tenure at CUA.

"Welcome"
– Bill Dillon (2014)
Incoming Freshman
Submitted
6/21/10

President Garvey, welcome to CUA. I'm new like you!

"Wonderful selection"
– Michelle Walker
Enrollment Services Specialist
Submitted
6/21/10

Welcome to our lovely university. I think you are a wonderful selection and I look forward to your tenure here at The Catholic University of America. Best wishes and I hope to meet you soon.

"Congratulations!"
– Catherine Evans Vermillion
Catholic School Educator, 34 years
Submitted
6/20/10

Dear John, Catholic University has chosen well. I am so happy for you and Jeanne. Many blessings to you and all of your family! Cath

"Congratulations and Best Wishes"
– Brett Garland (2013)
TRS Major, Student Minister
Submitted
6/20/10

Ever since Fr. O'Connell announced that he would be leaving, the CUA community has been praying for the guidance of the selection committee and their eventual choice for the 15th president of CUA. I am very much encouraged by their choice. Know that you will continue to be in our prayers as you begin your time here at The Catholic University of America! Good luck and God Bless!

"Thank you for accepting!"
– Lenore Rouse
Curator, Rare Books & Special Collections, CUA
Submitted
6/20/10

Dear Dr. Garvey, Welcome to CUA and thanks for accepting the challenge to lead this institution for what we hope will be many productive years. Thanks to your family for their willingness to move with you to a tropical climate. And thanks to our trustees for their hard work and judicious selection.

"Best Wishes"
– DeSpirito (1948)
Retired
Submitted
6/19/10

My best wishes to you and your family. I pray that your work will strengthen the university.

"Félicitations!"
– Bernadette (Snyder) McClain (2007)
French teacher, Bishop McNamara HS
Submitted
6/18/10

I saw that you studied French in college and I couldn't resist! Welcome to our CUA community! [I] will keep you and Fr. O'Connell in my prayers during this time in transition. God Bless!

"Best Regards"
– Anthony A. Williams
Former Mayor, Trustee
Submitted
6/18/10

Best wishes to you, John, on a new adventure. Catholic University is a very important university in our nation's capital and I enjoyed working with Fr. David. Indeed, in a city with great needs addressed daily by our church, the university is more important than ever. While I cannot help you with parking tickets, I stand ready to assist you in any way.

"Congratulations!"
– Rev. Ojaje E. Idoko (JCL 2000)
Director, Pastoral Affairs, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria Abuja
Submitted
6/18/10

I do wish you the best in this all important assignment for the Church in America and the World. The university has served the whole Catholic world. I studied canon law there and I am [serving] the Church in Nigeria Africa. I do wish you well. Carry on the good work.

"Welcome!"
– Jackie Tintle (Husband, 1983)
Assist to the Dean, SON
Submitted
6/18/10

Welcome to Catholic and we hope you enjoy your time here at CUA!

"Congratulations!"
– Linda Licata Coussa (B.A. 1972)
Retired Teacher, NYC Department of Education
Submitted
6/17/10

Welcome to the Catholic University of America as you begin your tenure. I can tell from your past educational affiliations that you are the right person for this very prestigious position. My daughter is a Junior at Fontbonne Hall Academy in Brooklyn, New York and she will definitely be considering CUA as a first choice for college. Good luck and many blessings.

"Welcome !"
– Jose C. Alegria (1983)
Submitted
6/17/10

Congratulations and best wishes from Spain ! I also hope you improve the cardinals' athletic program. Your Notre Dame and Boston College experiences can help with that.

"Politics"
– Joseph G. Metz (1963, A.B., 1964, M.A., 1966, Ph.D.)
Regent, Subpriory of our Lady of Lourdes, Order of Malta
Submitted
6/17/10

Dear President-Elect, I am a former member of the board of regents, and board of governors of CUA and was recently honored to be a guest at Bishop's O'Connell's dinner on campus. I am very happy to learn about you and to read about the many gifts you can bring to CU. My wish is that God gives you the grace and strength to build upon Bishop O'Connell's good work and bring CUA to the stature of THE Catholic University of America, both very strong academically and vibrant spiritually. My wife Elissa and I met as graduate students at CUA in the early '60s and, like you and Mrs. Garvey, are parents and grandparents. Our son Edward, A. B., Georgetown, received his Ph.D. in Pyschology from CU in 2003 and also met his wife, another Ph.D. from CU, Alison, on campus. So we are rooted and we wish you great gifts at CUA. Our friend, Dr. Bill Mattison, also in the Order of Malta, is on the faculty as well. Confraternally, Joe

"Congratulations!"
– Dr. William R. Luckey
Professor of Political Science and Economics at another college
Submitted
6/17/10

Professor Garvey, congratulations on your selection as president of CUA. I pray that you will have the courage of your predecessor, Bishop O'Connell to enforce and uphold the teachings in Ex Corde Ecclesiae. God Bless!

"Mabrouk!"
– Joseph A. Kenny (1976)
Alumni Board of Governors Executive Committee
Submitted
6/16/10

President-Elect Garvey: Mabrouk (Congratulations) on your appointment from Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia! I look forward to working with you in the years to come as an alum, board of governors' executive committee Member, spouse of a CUA grad, and parent of a current CUA Student. Our alumni hail from all corners of the globe. Let's make a concerted effort to bring them together to advance the mission of the university and the Church. Best regards to Mrs. Garvey and the extended Garvey Family.

"Congratulations"
– Stephen Kaneb
CUA Trustee-elect
Submitted
6/16/10

Dear President-elect Garvey, Congratulations to you and to The Catholic University of America! I humbly look forward to serving this tremendously blessed university with you. Our entire CUA family will embrace you and your family in its prayers. Sincerely, Steve Kaneb

"Best wishes"
– Thomas A. Manning, Esq.
St. Thomas More Society of Worcester County
Submitted
6/16/10

John: Congratulations and best wishes for success in this newest chapter of your career and life. Tom Manning

"Good Luck!"
– Zoe Rote (High School Student)
Submitted
6/16/10

Dear Mr. Garvey, I wanted to wish you the best of luck as you join the elite of The Catholic University of America. I am a rising junior in high school, and one day I may try to follow in your footsteps. Good luck!

"Welcome!"
– Julie Mullen (2010)
Administrative Assistant, Dean of Students
Submitted
6/16/10

President-Elect Garvey and Mrs. Garvey, Welcome to CUA! We are so pleased to have you and wish you the best of luck as you join us come July. I am so happy to have fellow Massachusetts residents joining our family here at CUA. Warmest welcome and we are overjoyed at this great selection for our new president!!

"Wishing you every blessing"
– Bishop David O'Connell, C.M. (JCL '87 and JCD '90)
President of CUA
Submitted
6/16/10

Dear President-elect Garvey: The Catholic University of America, your new home, is a wonderful place to live and work! Welcome! It is my hope and prayer that you will be as happy here as I have been. The faculty is excellent, the administration is very caring and effective, the staff is extraordinarily hard working and the students are the very best you'll find anywhere -- they are truly the most wonderful and inspiring group of women and men building the future out of what we have to offer in and through CUA. From what I have experienced of you, this is a great match. The warm welcome you received and the emotion you demonstrated are only the beginning of what will be a great tenure as president. You and your wife will be outstanding role models of Catholic Christian life. I wish you every blessing and promise of support as you lead The Catholic University of America to greater heights of excellence as the national university of the Catholic Church in our country.

"Welcome"
– Zachary Malone
High School student
Submitted
6/16/10

Best of luck at CUA. I share your interest in piano and hope to attend beginning in 2011 and perhaps play a Billy Joel song for you.

"Welcome"
– Victoria
Student
Submitted
6/15/10

Welcome and good luck. Enjoy the ride.

"Congratulations"
– Fr. Marc Alexander
Vicar General, Honolulu
Submitted
6/15/10

Great appointment! Congratulations and many blessings President-elect Garvey. Although I never attended CUA, it has an important role in Catholic and civil life, and I am pleased to see outstanding leadership in place.

"Welcome and Good Luck!"
– Christopher Pierno (2011)
Speaker of the Student Association General Assembly
Submitted
6/15/10

Mr. Garvey, welcome to the university! I know and trust that the board has made an excellent decision in choosing you to lead our university into the future. I look forward to working with you to ensure that the students of CUA continue to be the university's top priority. I look forward to meeting you and good luck starting out.

"ALL The BEST"
– Julie Burke
Katie Garvey's aunt
Submitted
6/15/10

John, I was so excited to hear your wonderful news! B.C.'s loss is C.U.A.'s gain. I'm sure you'll stay in touch with all the wonderful people you've met along the way. Congratulations and God Bless! We'll miss seeing you and Jeanne as often as we did! A BIG HUG to you both! Love, Julie : )

"Bontonian welcome"
– The Dickinson Family (2014)
Submitted
6/15/10

A warm welcome! We are Bostonians looking forward to our CUA journey together!

"Beginning"
– Ryan Fecteau (2014)
Freshman
Submitted
6/15/10

It is rather unique that my first days at the Catholic University of America will be your first days as its president. To much success and memorable first year!

"Welcome aboard!"
– Jim Battle
A/Director FMO/Cheesecake Chef
Submitted
6/15/10

I wish to extend a hearty welcome to you and your wife. Two questions beg however: Are you a Red Sox fan? What's your golf handicap?

"The news is a delight"
– Philip Rousseau
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Early Christian Studies
Submitted
6/15/10

Well, now we know, and the news is a delight! I'm sorry I couldn't be there to share the Big Moment (with many more and bigger to come, I'm sure). But I look forward to sharing, under your guidance, in a new phase of our university's development. And a warm and special welcome to your wife, Jeanne.

"Welcome!"
– Harriet Nokuri
Director, Summer Sessions
Submitted
6/15/10

I wish you a smooth transition and much success at CUA!

"Welcome to CUA"
– Martha Krichbaum
Transfer Coordinator, School of Arts & Sciences, Undergraduate Programs
Submitted
6/15/10

Welcome to CUA! The warmth and genuineness that both you and your wife exhibited today will no doubt serve you well in your transition. I hope you will both be very happy here at CUA!

"Welcome"
– Stephen Anderson (2011)
Student
Submitted
6/15/10

Welcome to the university. I am sure that you will do great things and I look forward to your time as president.

"Congratulations!"
– Maria Burke
Friend
Submitted
6/15/10

Hello Mr. Garvey. So happy to hear the good news. Congratulations! The Burke Family

"Congratulations"
– Steve Howes (1996)
Men's Basketball Coach
Submitted
6/15/10

Welcome to CUA! This is a wonderful and special university filled with really good, decent people. Best wishes as you start your time here. We open our season at Notre Dame ... how ironic. I'm looking forward to meeting you at some point. Take care and God Bless!

"Welcome!"
– The Roth Family (Hillary: 2011)
Submitted
6/15/10

Best wishes for much success as president of CUA! We hope you and your family will find great joy and make happy memories in Washington D.C., and that you will feel very welcomed into the CUA community. We are thrilled that you have accepted the position and we are so proud of Catholic University!

"M.A. Politics"
– Betsy Chils (1990)
Assistant to the Chair, CUA Politics
Submitted
6/15/10

Welcome! Congratulations!

"Welcome"
– Marc Alessandrini (2014)
Student
Submitted
6/15/10

I'd like to welcome you to Catholic U. and say it is a pleasure having you as my principal. I hope to make the best out of college and look forward to starting the new year of school with you

"New President"
– Kate Scott
Mother of Bridget Scott
Submitted
6/15/10

Congratulations! As a parent of a (God-willing) future CUA student, I wish you all the best. Go Irish and Go Sox! Kate Scott, Portland, CT

"Greetings from MN!"
– Mary Grace Westman
Mom of incoming freshman
Submitted
6/15/10

Hi! I am Nancy Wachs' sister in MN! My daughter Martha is coming to CUA in the fall and I told her this good news this morning. We are so happy for you, and have heard all about you from Nancy. We will keep you in our prayers and we hope you enjoy this new adventure! By the way, my daughter's best friend is also starting at CUA this fall, Andrew Kueppers, pre-law. They were co-valedictorians at their high school and know they will shine at CUA also. So, best wishes and best to your family!

"WELCOME"
– Jim Zabora
Dean, NCSSS
Submitted
6/15/10

This is a great day for CUA. I truly look forward to working with you.

"You CAN Keep a Secret"
– Fred Hopengarten
BC Law '70
Submitted
6/15/10

John, This I know well. I sat next to you at lunch yesterday, as we celebrated the admission ceremony at the Supreme Court of the United States where you had just moved the admission of a group of BC Law grads. Yet not a hint of such a great change in your life was to be heard. You are a man who can keep a confidence, even one as momentous as this. Heartfelt good wishes from your friend, a nice Jewish boy from the suburbs, Fred Hopengarten, Esq.

"Welcome President Garvey!"
– Tanith Fowler Corsi
Assistant Vice President, Global Education
Submitted
6/15/10

Dear President Garvey - On behalf of CUA's Center for Global Education, it is a pleasure to welcome you and your wife to our university. We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to CUA's global education agenda. Sincerely, Tanith Fowler Corsi

"Best Wishes"
– Kelly Ferrante (2012)
Current Student/Program Board Chair/Cardinal Ambassador!
Submitted
6/15/10

President Garvey, Welcome to the CUA family! I know that I can speak on behalf of many students and faculty members here at Catholic and say that we are all excited to embark on a new journey with you leading the way! As for the summer, we hope you get to enjoy all that the district has to offer be sure to stay cool in this sweltering sauna we in the 202 call home! I look forward to working with and seeing changes in the fall, hopefully not too many though! Good Luck! Kelly Ferrante

"Appointment as CUA President"
– Nalini Jairath
Associate Professor & Former Dean SON
Submitted
6/15/10

Dear President Elect Garvey: Please accept my congratulations on your appointment, my best wishes for your future and my commitment to support your presidency and goals for The Catholic University of America. Best Wishes Nalini Jairath

"Welcome"
– Colin Schmitt (2012)
Chairman, CUA College Republicans
Submitted
6/15/10

I want to welcome you to Catholic University on behalf of the entire College Republican organization. Best of luck as you get settled in and during your tenure.