It is my distinct honor to announce, on behalf of Catholic Theological Union’s Board of Trustees, that Sr. Barbara Reid, OP, has been elected the eighth President of CTU, succeeding the Rev. Mark R. Francis, CSV. Sr. Barbara will be the first woman religious to lead CTU, a graduate school of theology and ministry.

Father Francis’s tenure will be completed on December 31, 2020; Sr. Barbara will assume the presidency on January 1, 2021. We are truly grateful to Fr. Francis for his seven years of exemplary leadership, and we anticipate a robust future under the leadership of President-elect Reid. She brings to the role a rich history as a scholar, educator and administrator.

CTU’s administration, faculty, staff, and students look forward to welcoming Sr. Barbara as our next president. Please keep CTU in your prayers as we move forward with this important transition.

The Rev. James Halstead, OSA, Chair, CTU Board of Trustees

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President-elect Sr. Barbara Reid is a Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has been a member of the faculty of Catholic Theological Union since 1988 where she also served as Vice President and Academic Dean from 2009-2018.  Prof. Reid has been actively involved in the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada, including service for two terms on their Board of Directors. She is also past President of the Catholic Biblical Association. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including an honorary doctorate from the University of Graz, Austria, induction into the Aquinas College Hall of Fame, the Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence from Barry University, the St. Martin DePorres Award from the Southern Province of Dominican Friars, the Jerome Award from the Catholic Library Association of America, the Theological Award for Distinguished Women Theologians from the College of Mount St. Joseph, and the Sophia Award from Washington Theological Union.

“I want to commend Catholic Theological Union on the magnificent choice of Dr. Barbara Reid to serve as the next president. I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Reid as senior administrative colleague while in Chicago, and she has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Theological Schools. This is a timely appointment. Dr. Reid is the right leader to guide CTU in this time of significant change in theological education. She is an embodiment of the mission of CTU. I cannot think of a better person to guide CTU into its future.”
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