Professor John Garvey, currently the Dean of the Law School at Boston College, was introduced to the Catholic University community this morning as the 15th President of CUA. More than a hundred faculty, staff and students filled a large room to welcome Garvey who was introduced by his predecessor, Bishop-elect David M.O'Connell and Archbishop Alan Vingeron, chairman of the CUA Board.
Archbishop Vigneron called Garvey "an accomplished jurist, scholar and teacher" and said that of all the candidates, he appeared to the Board as the one most able to carry forth the university's mission of uniting faith and reason. Vingeron also addressed the issue of why the selection committee had not chosen a cleric. "Another synonym for cleric is churchman," Vigneron said at press conference before the meeting with the CUA community. "While Professor Garvey is not a churchman, he is a man of the Church."