Task Force on the Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church

President Harris has announced the formation of a task force on campus on the clergy sexual abuse scandal now facing the Catholic Church. USD’s Catholic identity compels us to use our talents to respond to this current crisis in alignment with our mission.   

The task force will provide the USD community with information on the crisis, identify resources internally and beyond, and explore recommendations for best practices to live out our mission and values as an engaged, contemporary Catholic university.


Erin Bishop, Director for Mission & Center for Christian Spirituality
Stephen Conroy, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Professor of Economics
Mark Peters, Director for Mission


Jeffrey Burns, Director, Center for Catholic Thought and Culture
Wendell Callahan, Director of Clinical Training, Professor of Practice, SOLES
Esteban Del Rio, Associate Provost for Inclusion and Diversity, Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Florence Gillman, Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Donald Godwin, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students
Peter Marlow, Associate Vice President, University Communications
Coreen Petti, Associate Vice President, Advancement Marketing and Strategic Partnerships
Stephen Pultz, Assistant Vice President, Enrollment Management
Emily Reimer-Barry, Chair and Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Dustin Sharp, Associate Professor, Kroc School
Steven Smith, Warren Distinguished Professor of Law; Co-Executive Director, Institute for Law & Religion; Co-Executive Director, Institute for Law & Philosophy
Karen Teel, Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies