Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall direction and administration of CRRA. The Board ensures the the mission is maintained and approves strategic directions, annual goals, and budget. The Board determines the needs of the CRRA, establishes the criteria, rights, and responsibilities of  members, partners, and other participants, and ensures support sufficient to carry out the mission.

2018/19 Board of Director Goals

  • Assess Board effectiveness (to be led by Governance Committee).
  • Oversee development and implementation of a strategic marketing plan for the Catholic News Archive
  • Explore and develop strategic partnerships and alliances around shared interests, such as the Catholic News Archive, in the next three years to position CRRA for a strong future.
  • Assess potential for revenue growth for CRRA and the Catholic News Archive (recognizing this is a tough financial environment)
  • Foster an association culture supportive of committee and member leadership and action (through use of new website functionality, more independence of action).


2017/18 Accomplishments

  • Adopted the recommendations of a task force charged with developing a financial model and plan for the Catholic News Archive. 
  • Supported ongoing engagement with the Catholic Newspapers Association of the United States and Canada around a shared interest in the Catholic News Archive.
  • Supported the successful proposal developed by Pat Lawton, CRRA Digital Initiatives, to complete digitization of the Catholic News Service historic newsfeeds 1920-1986 and the Catholic World in Pictures
  • Advised the executive director on implementing the new partnership with Capitol Hill Management Services for handling administrative, financial and website services.

CRRA Board of Directors for 2018/19

(in alphabetical order by last name after the chair)

1. *Kathleen M. Webb, Dean of Libraries, University of Dayton (2016/17 – 2018/19); Secretary 2016/17; Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect 2017/18; Chair 2018/19
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2. *Sara B. Baron, Ed.D., University Librarian, Duquesne University (2016/17 – 2018/19); Chair 2017/18; Past-Chair – 2018/19
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3. John E. Buschman, Ph.D., Dean of University Libraries, Seton Hall University (2014/15 – 2016/17; 2017/18 – 2019/20)
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4. Theresa S. Byrd, Ed.D., University Librarian, University of San Diego (2011/12 – 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 – 2018/19); Vice-chair 2015/16 – 2016/17

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5. 
*Millicent Gaskell, University Librarian and Director, Villanova University (2015/16, 2016/17; 2017/18 – 2019/20); Secretary 2017/18 - 2018/19
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6. Dan R. Gjelten, Director of Libraries, University of St. Thomas (2015/16 – 2017/18); 2018/19 - 2020/21

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7. *Mark Shelton, Ed.D., Director of Library Services, College of the Holy Cross (2017/18 – 2019/20); Vice Chair/Chair-Elect 2018/19
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8. *Kristin Vogel, Library Director, St. Norbert College (2015/16 – 2017/18); 2018/19 - 2020/21; Treasurer 2017/18 - 2018/19
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9. Diane Parr Walker, University Librarian, University of Notre Dame (2012/13 – 2014/15, 2015/16, 2017/18); Vice-chair 2013/14; Chair 2014/15; Past-chair 2015/16 – 2016/17; 2017/18; 2018/19
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10. 
Janice S. Welburn, Dean of Libraries, Marquette University (2016/17 – 2018/19)
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* Asterisks identify members of Executive Committee