The Rev. Larry Snyder, who has led Catholic Charities USA for nearly a decade, is stepping down to take a role at the University of St. Thomas, the social-service organization announced today.
Father Snyder, who took the helm at Catholic Charities in 2005, will remain on the job until January 31 and start the following day as the university’s vice president for mission. He will assist Catholic Charities in its nationwide search for a new chief executive, according to a statement released by the organization.
Under his leadership, Catholic Charities amplified its antipoverty advocacy nationwide. It increased its disaster-response efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, moved into a new headquarters in Alexandria, Va., and doubled its national staff during his tenure.
The University of St. Thomas, a Catholic institution located in the Twin Cities, represents a homecoming for Father Snyder, who ran Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis before being tapped for the national leadership role.
While saying in a statement that he was “very excited” about the return to the Twin Cities, Father Snyder said, “This was a very difficult decision for me. Catholic Charities has been my heart and soul for 25 years.”
He added, “We have accomplished a tremendous amount, but it is now time for someone new to pick up the torch and carry Catholic Charities where it needs to go for the next 10 years and beyond.”
Sister Linda Yankoski, chair of Catholic Charities’ Board of Trustees, praised Father Snyder in a statement and said, “ We are excited to bring in a new president who will undoubtedly continue our work as a national thought leader in the fight against poverty and prominent voice for the poor.”
The social-services charity was No . 6 on The Chronicle’s most recent Philanthropy 400, its annual ranking of America’s biggest charities by private support raised. It raised $1.47-billion in 2013, an 8 percent drop from the previous year.