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Since the Second Vatican Council, lay women and men are assuming greater responsibility for guiding the mission of the Catholic Church in the modern world. This is particularly the case in institutions of Catholic higher education in the United States. The eighteen essays in this volume, based on presentations at a conference sponsored by Sacred Heart University and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, examine the many challenges facing lay leaders of Catholic institutions of higher learning. The volume begins with a report on a detailed study of the background of lay leaders; the essays that follow address such topics as spirituality and lay leadership, the relationship between a school and its sponsors, cultivating Catholic identity on campus, and defining and implementing the mission of a school.

Although the volume will be of particular interest to Catholic educators, its examination of broad topics such as academic and administrative leadership geared to public service as well as faith will be useful to all those working to shape the colleges and universities of the twenty-first century into communities of social engagement as well as personal growth.

Table of contents: Leadership and the age of the laity : emerging patterns in Catholic higher education / Melanie M. Morey and Dennis H. Holtschneider -- Responses to Melanie M. Morey and Dennis H. Holtschneider / John J. DeGioia, Marilou Eldred, Alice B. Hayes -- Sent out to serve : disciples of Jesus as leaders of Catholic colleges and universities in a new era / Anthony J. Cernera -- Responses to Anthony J. Cernera / John E. Thiel, Diana L. Hayes -- Spirituality and lay leaders in academe / Lawrence S. Cunningham -- Responses to Lawrence S. Cunningham / Zeni Fox, Monika K. Hellwig -- Trustess [i.e., Trustees] and leadership for mission / Charles L. Currie -- Sponsorship and the religious congregation / Karen M. Kennelly -- Sponsorship in the twenty-first century / Sheila Megley -- Catholic through and through / William J. Sneck -- Cultivating Catholic identity on campus / Kevin E. Mackin -- The mission of the College of New Rochelle / Joan E. Bailey -- Expanding notions of Catholic identity / Sally M. Furay -- Shaping leaders for the future : Native American students at Creighton / Tami Buffalohead-McGill and Raymond A. Bucko.

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Sacred Heart University Press


Fairfield CT


Catholic Church, Education, Universities, Colleges


Christian Denominations and Sects | Higher Education Administration

Lay Leaders in Catholic Higher Education: An Emerging Paradigm for the Twenty-first Century



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