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Position Prospectus

Candidates considered for the presidency of Catholic Theological Union must be a member of a religious order, a Roman Catholic priest in good standing, and hold a terminal degree in theology or a related discipline. Please see information below for a full desciption of qualities sought.

· President of Catholic Theological Union - Faculty Handbook
· Prospectus for the President of Catholic Theological Union

President of Catholic Theological Union
Faculty Handbook

The President is the chief executive, educational, and administrative officer of the school, and is immediately responsible to the Board of Trustees for the implementation of all policies and regulations of Catholic Theological Union. The President has final authority and responsibility, subject to the Board of Trustees, for the proper conduct of all matters, academic, disciplinary, and financial, pertaining to the school. It is the responsibility of the President to see to it that the institution is operated efficiently and according to the standards of accrediting agencies, and both ecclesiastical and civil law.


The President exercises general responsibility for the administration of the overall affairs of the Corporation and school, performs all duties incident upon the office and such duties as the Board of Trustees shall from time to time assign. To exemplify but without limitation, among the duties of the President are the following:

  • to sign any deeds, mortgages, bonds, contracts, or other authorized instruments which the Board of Trustees has authorized;
  • to ensure that the plant and properties owned or leased by the Corporation are properly managed, maintained, and supervised;
  • to oversee financial support programs to meet the objectives of the institution;
  • to bring to the attention of the Board of Trustees those matters that are appropriate and necessary to keep it fully informed and enable it to meet its policy-making responsibilities, including appropriate matters relating to the faculty and other employees of the Corporation;
  • to represent the institution before the Church, other institutions of learning, public and private bodies, and prospective benefactors;
  • to recommend to the Board of Trustees actions and policies for the welfare of the school;
  • to present recommendations from the Faculty Assembly of Catholic Theological Union to the Board of Trustees for action deemed appropriate by the Board of Trustees;
  • to appoint and reappoint all members of the faculty and staff, and all officers of the administration, except the Vice President and Academic Dean, and the Vice President for Administration and Finance.
  • to grant academic rank; promotions in rank; and, in the case of tenure and promotion to full professor, to recommend approval to the Board of Trustees;
  • to terminate the employment of members of the faculty and staff;
  • to approve and determine policies and procedures applicable to faculty members and staff;
  • to recommend new construction, major alterations and repairs, after consultation with the Vice President for Administration and Finance;
  • to approve and present the annual budget to the Board of Trustees for their approval;
  • to prepare periodic reports summarizing the activities and accomplishments of the school and charting goals for the future for presentation to the Board of Trustees;
  • to oversee institutional planning and evaluation; and
  • to sign the diplomas for academic degrees and certificates.

CTU Faculty Handbook, Approved March 2012


Prospectus for President of Catholic Theological Union

The following is a further elaboration of the duties and qualities indicated in the official job description for the Office of President.

I.  Representing CTU to its Various Vital Constituencies

a.  The President must be willing and able to devote considerable time to meetings, events, and social settings involving donors, friends of CTU, civic groups, ecumenical and interfaith gatherings, etc. 

b.  More specifically, the President must give his full and enthusiastic support to the development efforts of CTU. This includes regular conferral with the Development Office, and being willing to meet with donors, prospects, and foundation officers.  The President must be willing and able to ask for financial support for the institution.

c.  The President must be genuinely committed to the Church and fully comfortable with his priestly role within the Church. The President must nurture a good, respectful, and constructive relationship with Church authority — including the local ordinary, and national and international Church officials.  Equally vital is the President’s relationship with CTU’s sponsoring religious communities, particularly the Major Superiors who form the Corporation.  It is the President’s role in particular to foster this essential relationship on behalf of CTU

d.  The President of CTU must be a credible scholar, who holds a hold a terminal degree in theology or a related discipline. He should be involved in ATS (The Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada) activities on a regular basis; attend ACTS (the Association of Chicago Theological Schools) meetings and take an active role; and be capable of representing CTU as an academic institution where appropriate (e.g., NCEA seminary meetings, etc.). He must be knowledgeable of trends in theological education, and be open to encouraging the exploration of new technologies and pedagogies, such as online learning.

e.  The President must be able to continue to foster the newly formed alliances with DePaul University and the Lay Centre in Rome. The CTU President is key in sustaining and fostering these relationships, particularly with the President of DePaul and the Director of the Lay Centre.  He must be willing to explore relationships with other institutions to advance CTU’s mission.

II.  Qualities Needed to Exercise Leadership in Relation to the Internal Life of CTU

At the heart of the administrative leadership required of the President is the ability to orchestrate the various sectors of the school.  It is essential that the President have the ability to relate well and to foster good communication across the various segments of the institution.

a.  The President must have the ability to gain and hold the respect and confidence of the Board of Trustees, to whom he is immediately accountable.  He must be able to relate well to the Trustees (both religious and lay), keep them duly informed, and assist in the choice of new at-large Trustees.

b.  The President must be able to interact well with the Vice President and Academic Dean, the Vice President for Administration and Finance, the Director of Development, the Senior Director of Enrollment Management, and the Director of the Bernardin Center, who report directly to the President.  The President must be knowledgeable of and able to interact with each of these areas, not only offering encouragement and support, but giving direction.  This requires that the President have a practical bent, innate aptitude for administration, and actual experience in an administrative role.

c.  The President must be able to gain the respect of the faculty and interact with them confidently and collegially.  He must himself have academic standing, maintain his scholarship, and be able to support the faculty in their development and scholarship.

d.  The President must be able to foster a good working relationship with the staff, and be aware and supportive of their various contributions. The President must be approachable, attentive to people whenever possible, respectful, and aware that the overall demeanor and spirit projected by the President are important for the sound environment of the school.

e.  While the President has less frequent direct encounters with students, he must be able to relate to them in a respectful and friendly manner, and to have their confidence and respect on occasions when he addresses them at liturgies, orientation, or other assemblies.  He must be equally committed to fostering the vocations of lay and religious order candidates for ministry.

III. Other Qualities

a.  The President must be able to write well and attend to, in a timely manner, correspondence (mainly emails), memos, announcements, appeal letters, segments of grants, etc.

b.  The President must have good health, stamina, and emotional and spiritual maturity.  The President’s job requires hard work, a good deal of travel, numerous meetings, many interactions with various sorts of people, public-speaking engagements, many longer days and nights.  The President must be able to deal with troubling issues and make difficult decisions.

c.  The President must have creativity and be able to envision possibilities for new initiatives.  His leadership in strategic planning for institutional priorities and development of programs and staffing is critical.

d.   Last but not least, the President must be deeply committed to CTU and its mission and be able to speak about it with genuine enthusiasm and conviction.

Presidential Search Timeline
Dec. 14, 2012 Announcement of search
Feb. 15, 2013 Application deadline
Feb. 25, 2013 Search committee reviews applications
March and
April 2013
On-campus interviews
May 2013 Announcement of CTU's next president
June 2013 Presidential transition
July 1, 2013 New president takes office