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Aquinas Institute of Theology recently appointed four new members to its Board of Trustees, with the addition of Rev. Mark Wedig, O.P., Ph.D., of Barry University in Miami, Florida; Dee Joyner, Senior Vice President of Commerce Bank; David Wenzel, Principal, Finance at Edward Jones; and Charles Latour, O.P., President of Archbishop Hanna High School in Covington, Louisiana.

"The Aquinas Institute of Theology community welcomes our new members of the Board of Trustees,” said Aquinas Institute President, Fr. David Caron, O.P. “They, along with our present members, assist the President as stewards of the mission, and are responsible for seeing that Aquinas Institute's resources are used wisely. These members direct the fundamental decisions of the Institute within a clear framework of long-range objectives and goals as Aquinas Institute seeks to educate men and women, lay and ordained, to preach, to teach, to minister and to lead."

Rev. Mark E. Wedig, O.P., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, Chair and Professor of Theology in the Department of Theology and Philosophy at Barry University, is a Dominican Friar of the Province of St. Martin de Porres (Southern Province, USA). Rev. Wedig holds a M.Div. degree from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley, CA; an M.A. in Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA; and a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from the Catholic University of America. His scholarly interests lie at the intersection between culture studies, liturgy, and the hermeneutics of the visual arts. Rev. Wedig has been a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy since 1992, and the Catholic Academy of Liturgy since its inception.

Dee A. Joyner, M.B.A., is Senior Vice President of Commerce Bank, responsible for organizational development and community relations. Joyner previously managed sales, marketing activities, and strategic planning for Commerce Trust Company, and served as past Chief-of-Staff to former County Executive, H. C. Milford. Joyner holds a graduate degree in government and urban planning from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, an M.B.A. from St. Louis University, and a masters degree from Aquinas Institute of Theology. She has served as Executive Director of the St. Louis County Economic Council, and as Planning Director for the County; as Executive Director of the Midwestern Center for the Coro Foundation; and as Director of Community and Public Affairs for the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council. Joyner has been active in a number of community organizations, including SSM St. Louis and the Adrian Dominican Sisters. She has received numerous awards, including a 2013 Lifetime Achievement award by the St. Rose of Lima Society of the Aquinas Institute of Theology.

David R. Wenzel, M.A., M.B.A., is Principal of Finance at Edward Jones, responsible to the Chief Financial Officer, and progressively responsible for financial analysis and business partnering with marketing and products functions, branch operation sales, and total firm, along with 2013 enterprise-wide analytics and measurements. Wenzel’s past work has included financial and leadership positions in local businesses such as Covidien Pharmaceutical Products, Entrepreneurial Financial Resources, Catholic Social Services of Southern Illinois, Agribrands International Inc./Ralston Purina International, and Price Waterhouse. Wenzel holds an M.A.-M.B.A. with Distinction from Harvard Business School, and a Masters in Theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology.

Rev. Charles Luke Latour, O.P., J.D., M.A., M.Div., is a Dominican Friar member of the Southern Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres, and is currently serving in his fourth year as Principal of Archbishop Hannan High School in Covington, Louisiana. During his term as Principal, Latour has managed the school’s steady growth in enrollment and academic standing since its relocation following Hurricane Katrina. He led an impressive $5.25 million dollar expansion of classrooms, library, and football field, bringing the school’s instructional size to the equivalent of its previous campus. Latour holds a juris doctorate from Boston College, and both an M.A. in Theology and a Master of Divinity from Aquinas Institute of Theology.


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