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CTU Announces Search for New President

December 18, 2012

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Nancy Nickel
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Catholic Theological Union Announces Search for New President to Succeed the Rev. Donald Senior, C.P.

Chicago, IL (Dec. 18, 2012) Catholic Theological Union (CTU), the largest Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry in the United States, formally announced on December 14, 2012, that it is seeking a new president to succeed the Rev. Donald Senior, C.P., who is retiring from the office at the end of the academic year, June 30, 2013, after 23 years of service.

Applications must be submitted to CTU by February 15, 2013. On-campus interviews will be held in March and April. It is anticipated that the announcement of the new president will be made in May. The presidential transition will occur in June, with the new president scheduled to begin on July 1, 2013.

The Rev. Kurt Hartrich, O.F.M., Chair of the CTU Board of Trustees, said, “We look forward in hope to the naming of a new president who will continue the legacy of extraordinary leadership at CTU, and we thank wholeheartedly Rev. Donald Senior, C.P., who has served as president of Catholic Theological Union with distinction for the past 23 years. I ask all to hold the CTU community in your thoughts and prayers as the process unfolds and we embark on this journey together. ”

The Search Committee includes members of the CTU Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff. Further information about the presidential search process can be found at

The President of CTU is the chief executive officer of the school, reports to the Board of Trustees, and is responsible for the overall well-being of the institution. Candidates for the office will be a Roman Catholic religious order priest in good standing, hold a terminal degree in theology or a related discipline, demonstrate proven administrative leadership capacity and experience, have the aptitude to relate to various publics, be committed to the work of institutional advancement, and be at home in the context of Catholic graduate theological and ministerial education.

Sponsored by 24 religious communities of men and having a student body composed of seminarians as well as lay men and women preparing for various ministries, CTU enjoys an international reputation for educational excellence. It has multiple degree, certificate, and continuing education programs, an outstanding faculty, a global student body, and a strong commitment to ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.