Dr. Louis Traina appointed New VP of Institutional Advancement

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

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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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Mary Ruth Traver of Ave Maria in Collier County, a 2011 graduate of Rhodora J. Donahue Academy in the community near Immokalee, is one of the winners.

Ave Maria football

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Saturday's college game will be first in SW Florida
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Men's soccer

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AMU Football

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President Towey’s Inauguration

On October 7, 2011 H. James Towey will be inaugurated as the second president of Ave Maria University.
The Inaugural Liturgy will take place in the Ave Maria Oratory in Ave Maria, Florida at 10:00 AM.
The Investiture ceremony will begin at approximately 11:30 AM. H. James Towey's appointment as the new president of AMU was announced by the AMU Board of Trustees in February 2011.
His experience as president of St. Vincent College, Director of Faith-based and Community Initiatives for President George W. Bush, founder of the not-for-profit Aging with Dignity and attorney for Mother Teresa of Calcutta made him a superior choice for the post. The inauguration will maintain the reverence and modest environment typical of President Towey. The homilist for the Inaugural Liturgy will be Archbishop Wenski of Miami.

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Michael Pakaluk, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy and currently is the Chairman of the philosophy department at Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida.

Pearce Article

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Missionary Alumni

Griswold finds missionary work in campus program (The Catholic Miscellany)
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