5 Finalists for President’s Award

The President’s Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a graduating senior of AMU to recognize academic accomplishments and involvement in the life of the University.

Distinguished Visiting Professor and Former Ambassador, Michael Novak, Remembers Lady Thatcher

She was supposed to be an Iron Lady, and she was in the sense that when she asked you a question she expected a quick, accurate, and useful answer — one felt a little like being in a university oral exam. She was, indeed, a serious woman. She was supposed to be an Iron Lady, and she was in the sense that when she asked you a question she expected a quick, accurate, and useful answer — one felt a little like being in a university oral exam. She was, indeed, a serious woman. 

Ave Maria University Reacts to HHS Lawsuit Dismissal

The Federal Court’s dismissal on Good Friday of Ave Maria University’s lawsuit was made on technical legal grounds – so-called “ripeness” – because the federal regulations in question are not in final form.  It does not mean our lawsuit is dead.  The Obama administration has bought itself time by promising to change its regulations and the Court’s dismissal order explicitly relies on this promise.  

AMU Students in St. Peter’s Square

The latest blog from Ave Maria student Erin DeCleene, who is in Rome this semester in our study abroad program, describes the excitement in St. Peter’s Square after the appearance of white smoke.

AMU Chamber Choir at The Phil in Naples

Join the Ave Maria University Chamber Choir and Dr. Timothy McDonnell, AMU Director of Choir in their Philharmonic Center debut performance of CARMINA BURANA! March 14th through 16th, 8:00 pm. Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples, FL 34108

AMU Announces New VP for Finance and Administration

Dear Faculty, Administrators and Staff of Ave Maria University:
I am happy to announce the appointment of Mrs. Maureen Joyce as the new Vice President for Finance and Administration at Ave Maria University.
Maureen brings to our campus community over 30 years of experience in academia in the fields of financial management, auditing, and administration. 
She began her career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an internal auditor, and served for 25 years at Northeastern University in a number of capacities, including Associate Controller and Director of Sponsored Project Administration.  Most recently, Maureen served as Comptroller of a small, liberal arts institution, Simmons College, in Boston.  
Maureen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Massachusetts, graduating with honors, and went on to receive a Master in Business Administration from Northeastern University.  She brings a wealth of experience to Ave Maria University and we are quite fortunate to have a person of her caliber joining the University Council and our senior management team.  She will begin her work at Ave Maria in early April.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Dennis Grace, Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing, who has provided important management oversight of business and finance during this interim period, and also Comptroller Tony Beata and his colleagues in the business office who have worked so admirably and diligently. The University’s “growing pains” have been acutely felt by these professionals because the size and complexity of University operations are overwhelming the systems that were put in place at our founding.  They are owed our deep gratitude. 
Finally, I will be holding a “town hall” style meeting to discuss the 2013-14 budget that was recently adopted by the Board of Trustees and the progress the University is making on our five-year strategic plan, and also to answer any questions that you have.  I will let you know when a date is set for this gathering and hopefully you will be able to attend.
It is an exciting time in the Church and at Ave Maria University.  I join my prayers to yours as we implore the Holy Spirit to guide the College of Cardinals during the conclave that begins Tuesday.  May Our Lady intercede for them as they deliberate and designate the next shepherd of our Church, and also for us as we continue to advance the New Evangelization through our mission in Catholic higher education.
Kind regards,
Jim Towey

President Towey Appeared on PBS

Ave Maria University President Jim Towey appeared on PBS News Hour as part of a panel discussion on divisions within the Catholic Church in the United States. The discussion was also focused on recent polls showing an array of opinions on the future of the Church.