Ave Maria, Florida (March 22, 2019) – Ave Maria University announced today that the Vice President of the United States, the Honorable Mike Pence, will visit and address the University community on Thursday, March 28th.
“It is truly an honor for our young University to have the privilege of welcoming Vice President Pence to our campus to share his thoughts with our students,” said Jim Towey, Ave Maria University president. “He met many of our students when he visited the area in the aftermath of hurricane Irma, and it will be wonderful to have the chance to more formally introduce the Vice President to what makes Ave Maria University so special.”
Prior to addressing the University community in the O’Bryan Performance Hall of the Thomas and Selby Prince Building, Vice President Pence will tour the new Mother Teresa Museum that was officially dedicated in that building last month.
“I have long admired Vice President Pence’s record of public service and how he seeks to live his Christian faith in the public square,” Towey said. “I am sure that his remarks to our students will be both thoughtful and inspiring.”
Last May the University hosted the Honorable Betsy DeVos, United States Secretary of the Department of Education, during Ave Maria’s 14th commencement exercises. This year’s commencement speaker is the Honorable Dan Lipinski (D-Illinois) who is Co-Chair of the Congressional Pro-life Caucus and an eight-term Congressman. “Ave Maria University has an exemplary record of bringing public servants and other high-profile leaders who have distinguished themselves as promoters of the sanctity of life, religious freedom, and other principles and values which we as a Catholic institution hold dear,” said Michael Timmis, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Ave Maria University. “Vice President Pence will find himself among friends when he comes to our campus next week.”