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Holy Family Institute Names Dougherty Foundation Board Chair

The Holy Family Institute (HFI) has appointed Duquesne President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty as chairperson of the Holy Family Foundation Board.

"Dr. Dougherty 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," said Sister Linda Yankoski, chief executive officer of the Holy Family Institute. "We are fortunate to have someone of his caliber lead the board."

One of Pittsburgh's largest social service agencies, the Holy Family Institute provides help to children and families suffering from poverty, abuse, neglect and other debilitating circumstances.

"For more than a century, the 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."

As chair of the 12-member Holy Family Foundation Board, Dougherty will serve a three-year term.

"Dr. Dougherty understands the financial challenges we face to improve the quality of life for our community's children, youth and families," said Sister Yankoski. "He brings to the chairmanship leadership and service excellence, both of which will strengthen HFI's impact in attaining our mission."

Dougherty is a nationally recognized scholar and expert in health care ethics and has served on numerous health care advisory commissions and projects.

He most recently 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. Dougherty 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.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research 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 nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 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.