AVE MARIA — The board of trustees at Ave Maria University named Jim Towey the school's next president. Towey will take over responsibility for the university's day-to-day operations on July 1.
At that point, current CEO and chancellor Thomas Monaghan will resign from his role as the institution's chief executive, transferring over many of his daily responsibilities to Towey. However, Monaghan will keep his role as chancellor.
But a reduced official role won't keep the founder of Dominos Pizza and former Detroit Tigers owner from being active in AMU's future.
“This new structure will enable me to spend more time working with university supporters both locally and nationally,” Monaghan explained. “It will also free me up to do more public speaking to promote awareness of AMU among high school students and potential benefactors.”
Towey comes to Ave Maria from Saint Vincent College, where he served as president from 2006 to 2010. In the four years before that, he acted as director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives under George W. Bush, as a member of the president's senior staff.
In the release announcing Towey's appointment, Monaghan gave the new president his personal vote of confidence, based on 10 years of working together. Michael Timmis, chairman of AMU's board of trustees, spoke highly of Towey as well.
“It is the belief of the trustees that Jim Towey is the most desirable Catholic university president in America today,” Timmis said, “and I am thrilled to announce that he is going to be our president.”