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Congregation of Holy Spirit Presents Special Award to Duquesne President

In the midst of applauding others at Duquesne University for their contributions during Friday’s convocation ceremony, President Charles J. Dougherty received a special award from the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, founders and sponsors of the University.

Dougherty was presented with the Spiritan Cor Unum Award by the Very Rev. Jeffrey T. Duaime, C.S.Sp., chairman of Duquesne University Corp. and provincial of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit USA-East. In his remarks, Duaime applauded Dougherty for the expertise and passion for health care ethics that have earned him a national reputation.

Duaime noted that Dougherty, who has served on the National Coalition on Catholic Health Care and President Bill Clinton’s health care transition team, “continues to provide guidance to numerous advisory boards of hospitals and nationally recognized health care research institutions on the profound dignity of human life.”

Dougherty, who was first elected Duquesne’s president in 2001, also was recognized for his leadership in academics and renovations, and for championing the Spiritan mission and Catholic identity.

The Cor Unum Award, established in 1996, was last given in 2003.

The Spiritans are an order of priests and brothers serving in 66 nations on five continents and founded Duquesne on the principle that immigrants could be lifted from poverty through education.

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