Catherine Dunn, BVM Honored

Catherine Dunn, BVM, president emerita of Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, was honored Sept. 29 with the 2016 “50-50 in 2020” Equity for Women Award. Catherine has represented the BVM congregation in many areas of service to the church and community and has received a multitude of awards, from Dubuque’s “Citizen of the Year” in 1986 to reception of the Vatican’s Papal Medal in 2005.

“Sister Catherine used her leadership abilities at every opportunity to make positive differences in the lives of people from many walks of life,” said Maggie Tinsman, former Iowa state senator. 50-50 in 2020 is an initiative to recruit and elect enough women by 2020 so that half of Iowa’s legislature and congressional delegation will be women and a woman will have been elected governor.