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 successor. 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 retention. In his departing letter to WTU faculty, staff and students, Father Lou writes: 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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