Statement by Tricia Lloyd, Vice President, Institutional Advancement, Washington Theological Union (WTU)

Mar 07, 2008, 00:00 ET from Washington Theological Union

    WASHINGTON, March 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a
 statement by Statement by Tricia Lloyd, Vice President, Institutional
 Advancement, Washington Theological Union (WTU):
     Today, Washington Theological Union President Father Louis V. Iasiello,
 O.F.M., affectionately known as "Father Lou," tendered his resignation to
 the WTU's Chair, Ordinary and Members of the Board of Trustees.
     We respect Father Lou's decision to pass the baton to a new leader to
 continue the great mission and traditions of the Washington Theological
 Union, and his leadership, devotion and camaraderie will be missed by our
 institution. Father Lou will assist in the search process to identify his
     The WTU has been both blessed and fortunate to have had Father Lou, a
 loyal and dedicated alumnus, at its helm during the past 18 months. He is
 widely regarded as a selfless individual who always sought the counsel of
 faculty, staff and students to achieve his primary goal of preparing WTU's
 clerical and lay students for 21st Century ministry.
     During his tenure, WTU has achieved tremendous success advancing
 excellence through a remarkable amount of accomplishments in a relatively
 short time frame, including but not limited to the following: the
 establishment and the accreditation of the Doctorate of Ministry in
 spirituality program; the founding of the Distinguished Visiting Scholars
 in Spirituality; the launch of the online Franciscan Spirituality
 Certificate program, an expanded global Information Technology capability;
 and, the revitalization of the WTU's facilities. Further, his leadership
 has been instrumental in the improved financial health of WTU --
 specifically in the areas of increased paid credit hours and enrollment
     In his departing letter to WTU faculty, staff and students, Father Lou
     As a Union family we have maximized our strengths and minimized our
 weaknesses and achieved some remarkable successes. The infusion of
 technology, new academic programming, addressing deferred maintenance and
 our united efforts to beautify the facility are a testament to your hard
 work and commitment, not the leadership effectiveness of any one
 person...It has been a distinct honor and privilege to lead you through
 this time of transition and growth.
     The WTU faculty, staff and students join me in thanking Father Lou for
 his leadership and for empowering us to enhance our abilities to extend
 Christ's call to build a community of faith, love, trust and respect.
     We look forward to building on the progress that Father Lou --and those
 spiritual leaders that came before him -- has contributed as Washington
 Theological Union, a Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and
 ministry, celebrates 40 years of educating men and women from around the
 globe for collaborative ministry in the Church.

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