Jan. 28, 2003


Bishop William Lori Elected Chairman of Catholic University’s Board of Trustees


The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, announced today that the university’s Board of Trustees has elected the Most Rev. William E. Lori, bishop of Bridgeport Diocese in Connecticut and alumnus of CUA, as chairman of the board.  The election took place, according to university bylaws, in a special executive session of the board convened today, Jan. 28, 2003.


Father David O’Connell and Bishop William Lori

“The university is my alma mater,” Bishop Lori remarked at the conclusion of the meeting.  “I have enjoyed a long association with CUA first as a student, then in my work within the Archdiocese of Washington and in the last several years as a member of the board.”  After expressing gratitude to his colleagues, Bishop Lori pledged his support to them, to the university’s president, Father O’Connell, and to the entire CUA community, saying “we shall all work together for the good of this great university.”


A native of Louisville, Ky., Bishop Lori attended the Seminary of St. Pius X there and entered Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., to study theology for the Archdiocese of Washington.  He was ordained by Cardinal William Baum in 1977 and earned a doctorate in sacred theology (S.T.D.) from CUA in 1982.  The following year, Father Lori was named secretary and theologian to Cardinal Hickey, posts he held until he was appointed chancellor, vicar general and moderator of the curia of the Archdiocese of Washington by Cardinal James Hickey in 1994.


Pope John Paul II appointed him auxiliary bishop of Washington in 1995.  Bishop Lori was named Fourth Bishop of Bridgeport by the Holy Father on Jan. 23, 2001, and installed on March 19, 2001.


“Bishop Lori has been a great friend to CUA and to me personally for many years,” remarked Father O’Connell.  “His deep knowledge of the university and of the Washington metropolitan area will contribute significantly to his effectiveness as chair of our governing board.  I look forward to working even more closely with Bishop Lori as we welcome him to his new and important role at CUA.” 


Cardinal Theodore McCarrick also offered his congratulations to CUA’s new chairman of the board.  “As chancellor of the university, I am delighted at the election of Bishop Lori as chairman of our university's board.  Bishop Lori is an alumnus, an active member of the board and a bishop of great vision who will surely help to guide CUA to an ever more significant role in the field of Catholic higher education.”


Father O’Connell expressed his gratitude to all the members of the Board of Trustees for their participation in today’s special meeting and, in particular, to Mr. Van Smith, vice chairman of the board, who has served as interim chair since the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law from his position as chair on Dec. 10, 2002.




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