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Ave Maria Officially Recognized as a “Catholic University”

Friday, October 7, 2011

AVE MARIA – Today, Most Reverend Frank J. Dewane, Bishop of the Diocese of Venice in
Florida, made perhaps the most significant announcement in the history of Ave Maria
University. During the investiture ceremony for new Ave Maria University President H. James
Towey, Bishop Dewane announced that he grants recognition of Ave Maria University as a
Catholic University.


Ave Maria University Officially Recognized as a 'Catholic University'

The recognition of Ave Maria University as a Catholic University recognizes their commitment to continue to be guided by the teachings of the Catholic Church and faithfulness to the Apostolic Constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae. (Catholic Online)

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Ave Maria Receives Official Recognition as a Catholic University

During the investiture ceremony for new Ave Maria University president H. James Towey, Bishop Dewane announced that he grants recognition of Ave Maria University as a Catholic university. (National Catholic Register)

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Lecture for the Inauguration by Dr. Michael Waldstein

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Exemplary Father and Mother Figures for Ave Maria University
Lecture for the Inauguration of Jim Towey
as President of Ave Maria University, October 7, 2011
by Michael Maria Waldstein
Max Seckler Professor of Theology, Ave Maria University

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Ave Maria University Celebrated the Inauguration of H. James Towey

Friday, September 30, 2011

Ave Maria University officially declared a Catholic university at Inauguration of New President, H. James Towey

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Dr. Michael Waldstein Presents Archbishop J. Michael Miller Lecture

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ave Maria University’s Max Seckler Professor of Theology presents the Annual Archbishop J. Michael Miller Lecture at St. Thomas University in Houston on September 29.   

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Why we can't forget Sandy Koufax

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bio: David G. Dalin, a rabbi and a professor at Ave Maria University in Florida, is the coauthor (with Jonathan D. Sarna) of Religion and State in the American Jewish Experience. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CBS News)



Biographer Joseph Pearce Discusses Critic of Communism

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The professor of literature and writer-in-residence at Ave Maria University was recently interviewed following the reissue of his biography, "Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile" (Ignatius Press).

-Biographer Joseph Pearce Discusses Critic of Communism (  (



Ed H. Moore: Program helps Fla. veterans get college education

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Our armed forces make incredible sacrifices for our nation and it is important our lawmakers and education community continue to create avenues that will promote access to learning opportunities for them. (

The Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida is a statewide association of 29 private, nonprofit colleges and universities and a significant amount of our member institutions participate in YRP, including Ave Maria University in Collier County and Hodges University in Lee County.



Dr. Louis Traina appointed New VP of Institutional Advancement

Friday, September 16, 2011

AVE MARIA, Fla. – (September 16, 2011) – H. James Towey, president of Ave Maria University announced today that Dr. Louis Traina has been appointed as the new Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

“He has experience in leading comprehensive campaigns and will be a key architect as Ave Maria University shapes our next advancement campaign. He is highly regarded in the Naples community and because he is a long-time resident of Southwest Florida, he will be able to hit the ground running,” Towey said.  Dr. Traina is stepping down at Hodges University from his posts as Vice President, Department of University Advancement, and Executive Director, Hodges University Foundation, where he has served since 1998 and where he established a development office and led the effort that raised tens of millions of dollars.

“I am looking forward to building on the great mission and vision that is evident in Ave Maria University. This was a tough decision from the beginning but my family gave me strong support in taking this step.  Looking back, I am grateful for the support of President McMahan and the confidence that he had in me,” commented Traina.  He indicated that he is very impressed by the challenge of the vision and mission of AMU. 

Traina will begin his tenure at AMU next month on October 7, 2011 the same day as the Inauguration of President H. James Towey as the second president of Ave Maria University. Traina is married and has two children.

About Ave Maria University

Ave Maria University (AMU) was founded in 2003 to provide a liberal arts education in the Catholic tradition.  To this end, the university was founded on the principles of the apostolic document Ex Corde Ecclesiae.  AMU is dedicated to the advancement of human culture, the promotion of dialogue between faith and reason, the formation of men and women in the intellectual and moral virtues of the Catholic faith, and the development of professional and pre-professional programs in response to local and societal needs.  The university features a broad range of undergraduate courses and programs ranging from the humanities to business administration. AMU also offers graduate degrees in Theology at the master’s and doctoral levels.  AMU has a total enrollment of more than 1,200 students (Florida campus, San Marcos, Nicaragua and the Institute for Pastoral Theology program) and has attracted students from 46 states and more than 31foreign countries.  Ave Maria University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges and Schools of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the American Academy of Liberal Education.



2012 Best Colleges Rankings

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

2012 Best Colleges Rankings Include New Schools (U.S. News and World Report)

This year, 147 schools have been added or were eligible to be part of the rankings for the first time.

Ave Maria University's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, Tier 2.


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