Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Monaghan names self "Supreme Head" of Ave Maria University; Announces he is spearheading consolidation of several academic institutions into AMU

Here's a little known fact you won't find on the AMU website. Tom Monaghan, invoking shades of Henry VIII, named himself Chancellor of Ave Maria University, despite the fact that he doesn't even have a college degree. This has privately caused severe headaches for officials in Florida who are put in a tough position with accreditation boards, as they tend to frown upon top college administrators not having advanced degrees, let alone a bachelor's.

Below is the link to the bio that Monaghan supplied to a June 2005 event in Atlanta. Note also that Mr. Monaghan highlights the fact that he is currently managing the consolidation of several educational entities into Ave Maria University.

Questions: Aside from AMC and AM of the Americas (which are seperate entities from AMU), what other academic institution is being consolidated into AMU? Usually 'several' means more than two, doesn't it? And by what right does Mr. Monaghan claim to have the power to consolidate these several institutions?


"Tom Monaghan - Although best known as the founder of Domino’s Pizza and former owner of the Detroit Tigers baseball franchise, Thomas S. Monaghan is currently devoting his attention full time to non-profit endeavors. This includes the Ave Maria Foundation, for which he serves as Chairman of the Board. Monaghan established the private foundation in 1983 to focus on a variety of Catholic charities, with now has a special focus on Catholic higher education.

In 1998, Monaghan provided the impetus for a major initiative in Catholic higher education with the founding of Ave Maria Institute in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the first step toward what would become Ave Maria College, and is currently managing the consolidation of several educational entities into Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida .

Ave Maria College was founded in May of 1998 to offer a liberal arts curriculum and prepare students for leadership in academics, professional occupations and service to the greater community. Monaghan serves as chairman of the board of trustees for the college and as Chancellor of Ave Maria University, which currently has an interim campus in Naples, FL."


At 8:08 PM, Blogger Kate said...

I heard rumors that TM had himself named 'Chancellor'...it does seem a great huge bit of vanity, doesn't it? Doesn't bode well for FL (and thus for AMSL if it is moved to FL).

At 10:27 PM, Blogger Torgo said...


how sweet!

Torgo likes a take charge kind of guy.

no need for governance when you are the government.

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Wolfe Tone said...


Are you Bob Dole?

At 1:51 PM, Blogger AMSOL Pioneer said...

And what happened to Fessio? Thought he was Chancellor.

At 10:00 PM, Blogger justina said...

L'Etat, c'est moi!

No need for a board, when you are the board.


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