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New Ave Maria University president: cardinal ‘twisted my arm’ to accept job

Catholic World News - February 15, 2011

Jim Towey, the new president and CEO of Ave Maria University, has told the National Catholic Register that Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, his local bishop, “twisted my arm a little bit when I was discerning to take the job.”

“So much of America’s Church leadership is excited about Ave Maria,” he added. “I’ve had calls from archbishops, cardinals, President Bush and Governor Bush and many others.”

Towey, who helped promote pro-life activities and Eucharistic adoration while president of St. Vincent College in Pennsylvania, compared the controversies associated with Ave Maria University to the “pains of childbirth.” He pledged “to maintain the faithfulness of the institution, swing open the doors to welcome students from wherever they come, and move the university to self-sufficiency.”

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