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CUA Appoints School of Philosophy Dean

May 23 — The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., President of The Catholic University of America, has appointed the Rev. Kurt Pritzl, O.P., dean of the university’s School of Philosophy.

A committee created to conduct an international search for the dean recommended the appointment of Father Pritzl, who joined CUA in 1980 and rose through the ranks to become assistant dean, acting dean and interim dean of the school upon the retirement of his predecessor, Jude P. Dougherty, dean emeritus.

A native of Milwaukee, Wis., Father Pritzl earned a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in philosophy and mathematics from Marquette University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. At the University of Toronto, he earned a master’s degree in philosophy and a Ph.D. in philosophy and Greek. In addition, he earned a master of divinity degree in theology from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception.

Father Pritzl is a member of the Province of Saint Joseph, Order of Preachers, the religious order more commonly known as the Dominicans. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 31, 1991.

A specialist in ancient Greek philosophy, Father Pritzl wrote his dissertation on Aristotle’s De Anima and has published numerous articles on Aristotle and other Greek philosophers in journals including Ancient Philosophy, Classical Philology, Phoenix, and the Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy.

Father Pritzl is a member of the Corporation and Board of Trustees of Providence College. He has served on the Executive Council of the American Catholic Philosophical Association and as Regent of Studies in the Dominican Order.

His many honors include the Matchette Award from the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy and the Alpha Delta Gamma Instructor of the Month award at Catholic University.

"Observing Father Pritzl's work as acting dean convinced me of his ability to lead the School of Philosophy to new heights," Father O'Connell said. "The faculty of the school, the Provost and I have tremendous confidence in him."

Provost John Convey praised Father Pritzl's "strong record of scholarship, dedication to teaching, and exemplary service."

"I look forward to his strong leadership of the School of Philosophy and his continued commitment to the discipline of philosophy and the mission of The Catholic University of America," he said.

Established in 1895, CUA’s School of Philosophy offers one of the nation’s oldest Ph.D. programs.

 

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