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Brother Ellis to Receive Honorary Degree

13 February 1998

b.gif (1092 bytes)rother Patrick Ellis, F.S.C., president of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Holy Family College in Philadelphia on Sunday, March 22. The degree will be awarded at the college's Honors Convocation.

Brother Ellis has been president of Catholic University since 1992. He has overseen a $3.5 million project to wire all of the university's buildings for computers and completed fundraising for the university's $33 million law school building, dedicated in October 1994. He also has heavily promoted community service programs to help the needy in Washington. Under his direction, Catholic University has offered minority scholarships for adults at the university's Metropolitan College, which offers undergraduate degree and certificate programs.

A leading spokesman for Catholic higher education, Brother Ellis was among a select group of delegates who met with Pope John Paul II in 1989 to discuss the Vatican's role in worldwide Catholic higher education. In 1996 he received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice papal medal in recognition of his service to the Church and the papacy.

Born in Baltimore, Brother Ellis graduated in 1946 from Baltimore's Calvert Hall College High School and joined the Brothers of the Christian Schools. He received a B.A. in English from Catholic University in 1951 and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

He joined the La Salle faculty in 1960 as an assistant professor of English and held various posts before becoming president in 1977, a position he held for 15 years. Under his direction, La Salle expanded academically and physically and was elevated to university status.

He is currently a trustee at three colleges: Manhattan in New York; St. Mary's in Winona, Minn.; and St. Mary's in Moraga, Calif. He serves on the boards of St. John's College High School and Archbishop John Carroll High School in Washington, D.C. He is a former chairman of the board of directors of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and formerly chaired the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Brother Ellis is a former president of the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Philadelphia. In 1990, Catholic University honored Brother Ellis by awarding him the alumni achievement award in education.

Catholic University is a one-of-a-kind academic center: the national university of the Catholic Church, the only one established by the U.S. bishops, and located in the nation's capital. Established in 1887, the university is private and coeducational with 10 schools: religious studies, philosophy, law, arts and sciences, engineering, social service, nursing, music, library and information science, and architecture and planning. Its Metropolitan College provides degree programs for nontraditional students.


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