Towey named president of Ave Maria University
(RNS) Domino's Pizza magnate Tom Monaghan has stepped down from leading
the conservative Catholic university he founded near Naples, Fla., and
named the former director of the White House faith-based office as
Monaghan's Ave Maria University on the edge of the Everglades will
be headed by Jim Towey, who once served as Mother Teresa's U.S. lawyer
and headed President George W. Bush's Office of Faith-based and
Community Initiatives from 2002-2006.
Monaghan, 73, who has poured millions of his personal fortune into
the school he founded in 1998, stepped down from the day-to-day
operations as CEO and will assume the post of chancellor.
"The start-up phase is over, a strong foundation is now in place,
and now we must go about the difficult work of building the best
Catholic liberal arts university in America," Towey said in a statement.
After leaving the White House, Towey served as president of Saint
Vincent College, a small Catholic college outside Pittsburgh, until last
Towey succeeds Nicholas J. Healy, who has served under Monaghan as
the school's president since 2002.
"Really, for us as a board, they've done the impossible," Board of
Trustees chairman Michael Timmis told the Naples Daily News. "They've
created a university out of tomato fields. It's incredible. It's