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ABSTRACTGarvey HHS Mandate Remarks skip to content , skip to navigation About CUA Academics Admissions Research Campus Life Catholic Identity Athletics Alumni Give to CUA Public Affairs Home About Public Affairs Contact Us Our Services Media Relations Request an Interview Faculty Experts CUA in the Media Communications News Releases Need Publicity? Media Interview Tips Speeches Publications and Design Services Photography Photo Request Form Photo Galleries CUA Magazine This Week @ CUA This Week @ CUA Submission Forms Other Publications Inside CUA Fact Book Annual Report (PDF) Ex Corde Ecclesiae Review Advertising Advertising Request Form Web Content Testimony of John Garvey, President of The Catholic University of America Before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Feb. 16, 2012   The Catholic University of America Good morning. My name is John Garvey. I am the President of The Catholic University of America. The University was founded by the American Catholic bishops, and received formal papal approval 125 years ago this year. It was created as a graduate institution of higher learning after the pattern of the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, The Johns Hopkins University (1876), and the German research universities. Since 1904 it has also educated undergraduates. The University’s bylaws vest the determination of policy and the supervision of the management of the corporation in the Board of Trustees. 24 of the Board’s 48 elected members must be clerics; at least 18 of those 24 must be members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Cardinals who are diocesan bishops in the United States are counted among the clerical members of the Board. The Archbishop of Washington is ex officio the chancellor of the University. The President of the University is appointed by the Board and approved by the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education. The University comprises twelve schools, including Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, Music, and others. Three of the schools – Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, and Canon Law – are pontifical faculties. This means that they are accredited by the Holy See, and that their courses, programs, and degrees have canonical effects. The Board of Trustees adopted this mission statement at its December 2006 meeting. The statement applies to all the schools in the University, not just to its pontifical faculties: As the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States, founded and sponsored by the bishops of the country with the approval of the Holy See, The Catholic University of America is committed to being a comprehensive Catholic and American institution of higher learning, faithful to the Teachings of Jesus Christ as handed on by the Church. Dedicated to advancing the dialogue between faith and reason, The Catholic University of America seeks to discover and impart the Truth through excellence in teaching and research, all in service to the Church, the nation, and the world. Throughout its history the Rector (now called the President) of the University has been a Catholic. Of its 15 Presidents, 12 have been clerics. The University does not require that faculty and staff be Catholic, though 52% of the faculty are. The University does, however, inform all employees at the time of their appointment of their obligation to support the University’s Catholic mission. The appointment letter sent to each new University employee states: The Catholic University of America was founded in the name of the Catholic Church and maintains a unique relationship with it. The University’s operations, policies and activities reflect this foundation and relationship and are conducted in accordance with its stated mission. Regardless of their religious or denominational affiliation, all employees are expected to respect and support the University’s mission in the fulfillment of their responsibilities and obligations appropriate to their appointment. All new staff employees participate in an orientation conducted by the Office of Human Resources. During the orientation new employees receive a copy of the University’s mission statement. The student body in total numbers almost 7,000. Undergraduates comprise 3,633 of that total; 81% of them are Catholic. 59% of the graduate students are Catholic. Most undergraduates are housed on campus in residence halls that are predominantly (and will soon be entirely) single-sex. Priests, religious women, and married couples live among the students in the residence halls – an arrangement the University has undertaken to enlarge in recent years. Undergraduate student ministers (predominantly juniors and seniors who work for the Office of Campus Ministry) also live among the students in the residence halls and work to spread the message of the gospel among their classmates by word and example. The Office of Campus Ministry h.......