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 (ST. LOUIS) The Provincial Council of the Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great (Central Province) announced that it has appointed Fr. David Caron, O.P., as interim President of Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri, effective August 15, 2012.

The interim appointment extends until June of 2013, during which time the Presidential Search Committee, chaired by Aquinas Institute Board member Sandra Johnson, J.D., will continue its search for a permanent appointment to the presidency. Fr. Caron is a candidate for the permanent position.

Fr. David Caron, O.P.Fr. Caron, a former diocesan priest, was solemnly professed as a member of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) of the Province of St. Martin de Porres (Southern Province) in May of 2003. He taught at Aquinas Institute and in the Theology Department of Saint Louis University before becoming the director of the Center for Dominican Studies at Barry University in Miami, Florida and teaching as an adjunct professor for Barry’s Department of Philosophy and Theology. Since 2010, Fr. Caron has been serving as Socius for the Province of St. Martin de Porres.

Fr. Caron, a member of the Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres (Southern Province), will be the first president of Aquinas Institute who is not drawn from the membership of the Central Province. Both Fr. Charles Bouchard, O.P., provincial of the Central Province, and Fr. Chris Eggleton, O.P., provincial of the Southern Province, said that Fr. Caron’s appointment is an excellent example of collaboration between the two provinces. “Working together will strengthen us and will enable us to serve the church better,” noted Fr. Bouchard.

Aquinas Institute of Theology is a Saint Louis-based Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry administered by the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). Offering both residential and on-line degree programs, Aquinas Institute of Theology is the only Catholic institution in the U.S. to offer a Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.) degree in preaching.

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