At CRS, Hail to the Chief

Author: Rocco Palmo

In a notable move at center stage, the longtime leader of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business is set to become one of the most prominent women -- if not the most -- in the leadership of the Stateside church.

After an intensive search that's lasted the better part of this year, Carolyn Woo was named Friday as the incoming president of Catholic Relief Services, succeeding Ken Hackett, who's led American Catholicism's lead humanitarian arm with distinction for 18 years, growing it to a global staff of over 5,000 in more than a hundred countries, with a budget just shy of $1 billion.

The handover formally takes place on New Year's Day.

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