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CDU Welcomes New Distinguished Members Of The Board Of Trustees

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 @ 04:59 PM

CDU welcomes three new members to our Board of Trustees. These reputable leaders will bring new talent and ideas to guide CDU, the first and only fully online Catholic university, boldly into the future to communicate the mind and heart of the Catholic Church across the globe.

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The Most Reverend Michael Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington

 Bishop Burbidge holds a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Theology from St. Charles Borromeo, an M.A. in Education Administration from Villanova University, and a doctorate in Education from Immaculata College. After serving as a parish priest, faculty member and dean of students at St. Charles Borromeo, he was named Honorary Prelate to His Holiness Pope John Paul II, with the title of Monsignor, and later appointed Rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

 In 2002, he was ordained as an Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia. Pope Benedict XVI then named Bishop Burbidge the fifth Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh in 2006. Ten years later, Pope Francis announced him as the fourth Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.

Bishop Burbidge courageously advocates for human dignity and rights issues. He serves as the Chair of the USCCB’s Committee for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, and is a member of the Administrative and Communications Committees. He has been an advisor for the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors. Bishop Burbidge is a current member of the Board of Trustees for Catholic University and previously served on the Board of Trustees for St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. The Bishop recently fulfilled his role of Co-Chair of the Pontifical Council’s International Catholic Pentecostal Dialogue and managed the development of a new Cathedral dedicated in 2017.

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Theodore Musco

Secretary of the Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis, Ted serves as both the Executive Director of the School for Evangelization and Director of the Office of Faith Formation for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. Ted is a proven innovator in Catholic education. With experience managing a range of Catholic educational programs from Youth and Spanish Language to RCIA and online leadership, Ted’s administrative knowledge and entrepreneurial execution are assets to CDU. Previously, he was the Associate Superintendent of Schools and Vicariate Representative in New York. Ted is a graduate of Fairfield University.


Stephen Pryor

 Before his appointment in 2008 as president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Stephen was president of ExxonMobil Refining and Supply Company and president of ExxonMobil Lubricants and Specialties Company. He also served as Vice President of Exxon Mobil Corporation from 2004 until his retirement. Before the 1999 merger, Mr. Pryor was Executive Vice President of Mobil International Marketing and Refining and president of Mobil Asia Pacific. He joined Mobil Corporation in 1971 in the U.S. Marketing Division and went on to lead marketing / refining and chemical business units in Cyprus, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

 He was a member of the Executive Committee of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) and a Director of the International Council of Chemical Associations. He received ACC’s Distinguished Leadership Award in 2014, SCI’s 2015 Chemical Industry Medal and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers 2016 Petrochemical Heritage Award. He chaired the Downstream Committee of the American Petroleum Institute and the Energy Committee of the National Association of Manufacturers.

He is a Trustee of Lafayette College and former Vice Chair of the Board, and a Trustee of the Immokalee Foundation. He and his wife Kathy are active in Catholic charities. He earned a BA in biology from Lafayette College in 1971 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1975.


Bishop Michael Burbidge, Mr. Theodore Musco and Mr. Stephen Pryor join an experienced CDU Board of Trustees that includes Board Chairman Dr. Charles Wasaff; Vice-Chair and Chancellor Archbishop Timothy Broglio; CDU President Dr. Marianne Evans Mount; Ms. Jean Halle; Dr. Joseph Braddock; The Most Reverend Michael Bransfield; Mr. Daniel Curtin; Reverend Paul deLadurantaye; Reverend Thomas Ferguson; Dr. Angelo Giardino; Reverend Mr. David Galvin; Ms. Barbara Keebler; The Most Reverend Paul Loverde; The Hon. Susan Malone; Mr. John McCabe; Dr. Margaret Melady; Mrs. Barbara Murphy; Mr. Robert J. Smith; Mr. Michael Warsaw; and Sister Mary Brendon Zajac.