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Catholic Distance University
West Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 22, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Chancellors & Presidents, Other Executive
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Full Time
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Catholic Distance University (, is seeking a new generation of presidential leadership embodied in a practicing Catholic who is transformational, strategic, humble, and inspirational. This person must be a mission-driven leader who tirelessly seeks the wisdom of God through the Catholic Church and the extraordinary gift of the governing body of trustees, as well as the highly competent staff and faculty. The President and Chief Executive Officer leads and oversees all aspects of the University’s operations, is the public face of the University, and serves as an ex-officio member and Secretary of the Board of Trustees.

The successful candidate must possess a Ph.D. or terminal degree in a field appropriate to CDU; practice the Catholic faith demonstrating fidelity to the mission and teachings of the Catholic Church; and agree to live within reasonable commuting distance of CDU’s headquarters in Charles Town, West Virginia. Specific duties include providing leadership, vision, and direction in the implementation of the University’s Strategic Plan as approved by the Board of Trustees, overseeing current and proposed academic programs as well as day-to-day operations, and accelerating growth through innovations in curriculum, and securing new academic partnerships and grants. In particular, CDU‘s next President will be charged with implementing a unique new curriculum in Catholic Social Teaching and leveraging recent accreditations from the Higher Learning Commission and Association of Theological Schools. Visit for a detailed search Prospectus. 


Catholic Distance University was established in 1983 under the leadership of Bishop Thomas J. Welsh. For more than 35 years, CDU has been at the forefront of the New Evangelization with their unique mission as a Catholic online university reaching people wherever there is a connection to the internet.  CDU is committed to fostering a strong, vibrant learning community that reflects the ecclesial communion of the Church. Their faculty and staff are strongly committed to the mission of CDU and to fostering a life-changing encounter with the living Word of God.

Catholic Distance University is being assisted by the partners of Hyatt-Fennell.  Submit applications, which include a letter of interest, a current résumé/cv, and information for five professional references, via email to Cheryl Hyatt at Applications should be submitted prior to September 26, 2022 to receive full consideration.  All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential.


Catholic Distance University is an affirmative/equal opportunity institution and welcomes applications from women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. All employees must be able to affirm and support the mission of the University in performing their duties.


For more information contact:

Cheryl Hyatt  -  724-242-0476


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