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Jim Towey

Jim Towey served as Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and as Assistant to President George W. Bush from 2002 to May 2006. He is currently president of Saint Vincent College, a small Catholic school in Pennsylvania. Towey has resigned from the Saint Vincent College. He will step down as president at the end of the 2009-2010 school year. Towey graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Florida in 1974 and went on to Florida State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science with high honors in 1978 and a Juris Doctor in 1981. Towey is a Roman Catholic and member of the Knights of Columbus. Towey has served as the sixteenth President of Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania since July 1, 2006. As President of Saint Vincent College, Mr. Towey serves as the Chief Executive Officer of an educational institution that has been recognized by Forbes magazine as one of America’s Best Colleges. With nearly 2,000 students, a budget of $42 million and nearly 500 employees, Saint Vincent has experienced renewed vitality under Mr. Towey’s leadership. Prior to his work at the White House, Towey in 1996 founded Aging with Dignity, a national non-profit organization to help individuals and their families plan for and receive appropriate care during times of serious illness. He created the document, Five Wishes, the most widely used advance directive in America with over 13 million copies in circulation. His recent op-ed in The Wall Street Journal on the rights of disabled veterans to receive proper advance care planning led to corrective action by the US Department of Veterans Affairs.