The Catholic University of America is the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States. Founded in 1887 by the U.S. Catholic Bishops with the approval of the Holy See, the CUA is today organized into 12 schools and 21 research facilities. The CUA serves nearly 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the majority of whom identify as Catholic. Bishops serve on the CUA's board and the archbishop of Washington is the ex officio chancellor of the CUA.
John Garvey was appointed president of the Catholic University of America in 2010. Prior to joining the CUA, he served as dean of Boston College Law School for over a decade, and taught at University of Kentucky, University of Michigan and the University of Notre Dame. Garvey also served as assistant to the solicitor general of the United States from 1981 to 1984. He is a co-author of "Religion and the Constitution."