Towey leaving helm of faith-based initiatives

Garners both plaudits and criticism
President Bush’s lieutenant for promoting government funding for faith-based social programs has announced that he is leaving his post after the end of this month.

Jim Towey, 49, director since 2002 of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, will become president of St. Vincent College, a small Benedictine Catholic school in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

In his White House role, Towey has pushed hard to boost the faith-based plan—garnering him both plaudits from some religious conservatives and criticism from supporters of church-state separation.

The White House statement from Bush April 18 said that under Towey’s leadership the office “applied the compassion of America to help solve some of our most challenging problems,” and that “his work on behalf of the poor and the sick has improved lives.”


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