The Catholic University of America

Chairman of the Board of Trustees introduces New CUA President John Garvey

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I take great satisfaction in presenting to the members of the Catholic University community and to the wider public Professor John Garvey as the next president of CUA. 

Throughout the search process all of us have been guided by the aim of identifying someone who, by building upon the achievements of Bishop O’Connell, will advance the mission of CUA so that it will shine out as exemplifying the nature of a Catholic university in service to the church and to the nation. This means we were looking for a person who not only is committed to the vision of Ex corde Ecclesiae and can articulate it persuasively, but also can lead The Catholic University of America in achieving this ambitious goal. We have found that person in Dean Garvey. 

A man of strong Catholic faith, his rich experience and his proven record as a scholar and a leader in higher education assure us that under his leadership CUA is heading toward an even brighter future. 

The trustees enthusiastically look forward to working with President Garvey. We are confident that all of the administrators, faculty, staff and students, as well as alumni and parents, will share our enthusiasm upon coming to know him. I invite all of the members of the university community to support President Garvey with their prayers, especially to ask the Blessed Virgin Mary, the University Patron and Protector, to obtain for him the help he needs in order to advance the mission of CUA, for the glory of God and the good of the church and our country. 

Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit and chairman of the Catholic University Board of Trustees


Boston Cardinal Hails Garvey as 'Outstanding Selection' for CUA Presidency

Dean John Garvey is an outstanding selection to be president of Catholic University. His commitment to the mission of Catholic education and dedication to exceptional academic achievement will be of great benefit to the university and its students and faculty. He has served Boston College with distinction during the past 11 years as dean of the Law School and will bring a genuine concern for the good of the Church to his new work. Dean Garvey takes over a university that has grown stronger under the leadership of Bishop-elect David M. O'Connell. We pray that the Lord bless both President Garvey and Bishop O’Connell with wisdom and knowledge as they go forward with their new responsibilities.

Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Boston

University Chancellor Cites 'Great Promise' Garvey Brings to CUA

It is a great joy for me as Chancellor of The Catholic University of America to welcome John H. Garvey as the university’s new president. He brings with him a wealth of experience as a lawyer, university professor and administrator.

Personally, I look forward to working with him. This is an exciting time for the university as it lives its Catholic identity, strengthens its academic achievements and provides a campus life reflective of both realities. In all of this our new president brings great promise.

Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl
Archbishop of Washington, D.C. and chancellor of Catholic University


Outgoing CUA President Expresses Confidence in His Successor

The Board has chosen a competent, seasoned academic administrator to
serve as the next president of The Catholic University of America.
John Garvey has demonstrated a serious commitment to Catholic identity and academic excellence in his long and distinguished career. I have every confidence that he will lead CUA effectively in service to our mission."

Most Rev. David M. O'Connell
Bishop coadjutor of Trenton and President of Catholic University