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:: Cancelled: John Joseph Keane Medallion and
Dean Hoge Memorial Lecture ::

Due to the impending snowstorm, the Institute is obliged to cancel tomorrow’s annual dinner for which you were registered. We apologize for this inconvenience.

The awarding of the Bishop John Joseph Keane Medallion to Mr. Ralph McCloud, Director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, will be rescheduled as a reception for a date in April. Information will be provided soon.


The Bishop John Joseph Keane Medallion will be awarded to Ralph McCloud, Director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  It is named after the founding rector of The Catholic University of America and it is awarded for a lifetime of service to academia, patria, and ecclesia. The recipients of this medallion embody the mission of the Institute.

The Dean Hoge Memorial Lecture to be delivered by Dr. Teresa A. Sullivan, President of the University of Virginia, is named after one of the Institute’s most prominent Fellows, Professor Dean Hoge, who died in 2008. Dean Hoge was one of America’s foremost sociologists of religion.

Sponsorships, tables, and individual donations are available at several levels:

Gold – one table, ten reservations, recognition at podium, program, and online $2,500

Silver – half table, five reservations, recognition in program and online $1,250

Bronze – two - four seats, recognition in program and online $500 - $1,000

Friends of the Institute – one reservation, recognition in program and online $250

Institute Supporters - donations of any amount from those who cannot attend

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Bishop John Joseph Keane Medallion Recipient:


The Institute is honored to bestow Ralph McCloud, Director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, its highest honor, the Bishop John Joseph Keane Medallion for lifetime of service to academia, patria, and ecclesia

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) in Washington DC, is an anti-poverty program that seeks to address poverty by grass roots organizing, economic development and transformational educational. The program distributes around 11 million dollars to budget for low income community organizations around the country.

He has been director for nearly for nine years and has become a sought after speaker, presenter and facilitator on poverty, its effects and the Gospel call to respond as Jesus did. 

Prior to working the USCCB, Mr. McCloud worked as the Director of Pastoral and Community Services for the Diocese of Fort Worth TX. He has served the church and civic community in many various ways, including mentoring, coaching sports teams and tutoring programs. While in Fort Worth, he was also the Director of African Ministry and served as President of the National Association of Black Catholic Administrators. He has been a board member of the National Black Catholic Congress and served as a delegate on 5 different occasions.

Civically, Ralph served 4 terms on the Fort Worth City Council from 1997 – 2005 and 3 terms as Mayor Pro Tempore for a city with a population of 750,000. He worked tirelessly to improve the plight of low income communities that he represented and became a respected advocate for low income communities and improving the plight of the poor.  After retiring from the council, he was selected to Chair the County’s first Homeless Commission and was awarded the first Racial Reconciliation Award from the Tarrant Area Community of Churches.

He is the recipient of the State of Texas Courage Award from the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty for his work with death row inmates and advocacy.

He won the History Maker Award from the Archdiocese of Atlanta in 2009.

In 2010, he was awarded the Catholic Charities USA’s Martin Luther King Keep the Dream Alive Award.

He serves on the boards of the Center for Migrations Studies of New York and also the Catholic Mobilizing Network, a Catholic effort to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice.

 Dean Hoge Memorial Lecture:

We are very proud to announce that Dr. Teresa A. Sullivan will give this year's Dean Hoge Memorial Lecture.  Join us in appreciation of her critical work!

Teresa A. Sullivan is the University of Virginia’s eighth president.  Since taking office in 2010, she has led UVa through a period of significant progress.  In fall 2012, she launched a planning effort to provide a road-map for the University’s future, while gathering input from 10,000 alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and others.   This effort produced a new strategic plan for the University, the Cornerstone Plan.  Early successes from the new plan include an endowed Data Science Institute, a major in Global Studies, and a minor in Entrepreneurship.  The University has overhauled its academic advising, and piloted the Meriwether Lewis Institute for Citizen Leadership.  Under President Sullivan’s leadership, the University has developed a new financial model to ensure stability and transparency, launched a substantial program in Organizational Excellence, and created a program to expand the full-time faculty in multidisciplinary clusters.

President Sullivan has assembled a highly effective leadership team, led by executive vice president and provost Tom Katsouleas, executive vice president and chief operating officer Pat Hogan, executive vice president for health affairs Dr. Rick Shannon, senior vice president for university advancement Bob Sweeney, and a group of experienced deans, vice presidents, and staff.  Working with her team, President Sullivan has prepared UVa to tackle the serious challenges in higher education related to cost-containment, affordability, student-debt reduction, faculty compensation, and the emergence of online education.  UVa now has ongoing efforts, at both the unit and pan-University levels, to reduce costs, improve processes, and enhance efficiency, while protecting the quality of the academic enterprise.  In 2013, President Sullivan proposed an aggressive plan to improve faculty compensation after many years of stagnation in faculty salaries. Under her leadership, faculty and staff have been encouraged to experiment strategically with new technologies.  UVa’s Advanced Research Institute has extended the University’s research capacity to include new partners.  The renovated and energized Licensing and Ventures Group assists faculty, staff, and students in protecting and enhancing their intellectual property.

In spring 2013, President Sullivan led the University to completion of its $3-billion capital campaign, and quickly announced plans to raise financial support for three strategic priorities: retaining and recruiting top faculty, restoring the University’s Jeffersonian Grounds, and providing needy students with scholarships.

President Sullivan is leading preparations for the celebration of the University’s bicentennial beginning in October 2017.  As part of this effort, she launched the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University to explore and report on UVa’s historical relationship with slavery.

President Sullivan is a respected scholar in labor force demography.  The author or coauthor of six books and many scholarly articles, her most recent research has focused on measuring productivity in higher education.

President Sullivan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  She serves as Chair of the Council of Presidents for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges; Chair of the Council of Presidents of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities; Co-Chair of the National Research Council's Committee on Improving Higher Education's Responsiveness to Regional STEM Workforce Needs; and as a member of the Advisory Board for the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the trade association of the technology industry in Northern Virginia.  She is a member of the executive committee of the Virginia Business Higher Education Council and of the Business Higher Education Forum.  In 2013, the Governor appointed her to the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority.

President Sullivan came to UVa from the University of Michigan, where she was provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.  Prior to her work at Michigan, Ms. Sullivan was executive vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University of Texas System and a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin.

She is a graduate of Michigan State University’s James Madison College, and earned her doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Chicago.  She is married to Douglas Laycock, the Robert E. Scott Distinguished Professor of Law at UVa.  They have two adult

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