Pope Francis Appoints Catholic University of America President to Higher Education
John Garvey, president of the Catholic University of America, was the dean of the Boston Law School in 1999-2010.
He was also the president of the Association of American Law Schools in 2008.
Garvey also penned Religion and the Constitution, and Sexuality and US Catholic Church.
He worked in the Morrison & Foerster firm in San Francisco and was a professor at Notre Dame, Michigan, and Kentucky universities.
Garvey had also been the assistant to the solicitor general of the United States of America.
Garvey’s list of accomplishments is about to get longer, with another achievement now under his belt….
the Pope Francis has just appointed him to the Board of Directors of the Vatican’s Agency for the Evaluation and Promotion of Quality in Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties (AVEPRO) last July 25, 2016.
The agency was first created in September 19, 2007 by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to promote educational quality among academic institutions that rely on the Holy See, the jurisdiction of the Catholic Church.
The pope wanted to assure the quality of the schools across European countries, according to the European Union’s Bologna Process, which is a series of sessions and meetings to ensure that all schools are upholding the value of quality higher education.
Country representatives meet to discuss their requirements and qualifications, and to assess and evaluate university policies.
AVEPRO members are chosen by the pope.
Only the agency’s president and director remain the same for years.
New members get appointed from time to time, and Garvey is the first person from the United States of America to be granted the opportunity to serve in AVEPRO.
This is a huge step in the agency’s newest project, which is geared towards evaluating Catholic universities and colleges outside of Europe.
Father Franco Imoda, SJ serves as the agency’s president since 2007.
He was the former rector of the Pontifical Georgian University. The agency’s director, meanwhile, is Riccardo Cinquegrani, who served since 2010.
Imoda was also a member of the teaching faculty at the same university.
The AVEPRO, according to its president, Father Imoda, SJ, aims to help universities and colleges evaluate and improve their teaching principles, objectives, research, and school services.
Garvey expressed that this was a huge achievement for him and for the Catholic University of America, which is the only pontifical university in the country.
Colleges that give ecclesiastical faculties like canon law, philosophy, and theology are guided by the Apostolic Constitution Sapientia Christiana.
Universities with these faculties usually focus on the Revelation and the Gospel.
Other Catholic schools operate with the Ex Corde Ecclesiae.
The CUA, which offers both the ecclesiastical faculties, as well as other programs in other departments, falls under both constitutions.
The Catholic University of American is the only academic institution founded by bishops in the United States of America, with the approval of the Holy See.
It is the national university of the Catholic Church, and was founded in 1887.
The CUA is located in Washington, DC, and has about 3,480 undergraduate students, and 3,041 students in the graduate program.