Holy Family Institute Announces New Board Chairperson for Its Foundation

Pittsburgh, PA, September 22, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Holy Family Institute announces Charles J. Dougherty, Ph.D., President of Duquesne University, was appointed to serve as the Chairperson of the Holy Family Foundation Board.

“Dr. Dougherty understands the financial challenges we face to improve the quality of life for our community’s children, youth, and families. He brings to the Chairmanship leadership and service excellence, both of which will strengthen HFI’s impact in attaining our mission,” said Sister Linda Yankoski, CEO, Holy Family Institute. “He has led Duquesne University into the first ranks of American Catholic higher education by emphasizing its unique Spiritan identity, enhancing the quality of the campus and the quality of the student experience and developing a national reputation for academic excellence. We are fortunate to have someone of his caliber lead the board.”

Dougherty (b. 1949) is a nationally recognized scholar and expert in health care ethics, and has served on numerous health care advisory commissions and projects. Most recently, Dougherty has worked with the Not-for-Profit Hospital Trustees Project at the Hastings Center and the New York Academy of Medicine, as well as the National Coalition on Catholic Health Care. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Health Association and the Board of Editors at both Creighton University Press and Health Progress. Dougherty has also served as a Commissioner for the State of Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission, a government ethics panel.

"For more than a century, Holy Family Institute has fostered positive change and support for children, youth and families through its many programs and services as well as its commitment to the sanctity of family," said Dougherty. “With the heritage of its founders, the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, and its tradition of Catholic social teaching, the Institute, not unlike Duquesne University, serves God by serving others. It is truly an honor to be the chairperson for its Foundation Board.”

He is a member of the board of directors of UPMC Mercy Hospital, where he chairs the Ethics Committee, the Senator John Heinz History Center, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh. He also serves on the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP), the President's Committee of the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE) and the Atlantic 10 Council of Presidents.

Dougherty has received many awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement from the AICUP, the Tree of Life Award from the Pittsburgh Jewish National Fund, the Nelson Mandela Leadership and Diversity Award from the Afrika Yetu organization and others.

Educated in Catholic schools all his life, Dougherty received his master's and doctorate degrees in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 1973 and 1975; he received his bachelor's degree in philosophy from St. Bonaventure University in 1971.

Dougherty and his wife, Sandra, who recently retired as a judge on the Nebraska District Court in Douglas County, have two grown children.

About Holy Family Institute: Holy Family Institute is one of Pittsburgh’s largest social service agencies, providing help to children and families suffering from abuse, neglect and other debilitating circumstances. Holy Family Institute helped more than 9,000 families and children last year alone. For more information, visit www.hfi-pgh.org.

About Duquesne University: Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for 10,000-plus graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.

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