Bishop David A. Zubik of the Diocese of Pittsburgh was elected chairman of the Saint Vincent Seminary Board of Regents on Tuesday, March 15. Bishop Zubik has been a member of the board since 2007, following his appointment as Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Bishop Zubik succeeds Dr. James V. Maher, Jr., provost emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh, who completed his term as chairman of the board. Dr. Maher is also a distinguished service professor of physics, and senior science advisor at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Maher, who served as provost and senior vice chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh from July 1, 1994, to August 15, 2010. He has served as chairman of the Seminary Board of Regents since 2011, having been elected elected to succeed John C. Marous, Jr., in 2010. Dr. Maher was a member of the Board of Regents from 1999 to 2016.
As chairman of the Board of Regents, Bishop Zubik will also serve as an ex officio member of the Saint Vincent College Board of Directors.
Bishop Zubik was named the twelfth Bishop of Pittsburgh on July 18, 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI and installed at Saint Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh on September 28, 2007. On October 10, 2003, the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, named him the eleventh Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, and he was installed on December 12, 2003. His consecration as a bishop occurred on April 6, 1997, at Saint Paul Cathedral as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Bishop Zubik serves on a number of national committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), including the Catholic Communications Campaign Subcommittee, Protection of Children and Young People Committee, and the Catholic-Jewish Dialogue Committee. He chairs the Pilgrimage Committee and the Committee on Priestly Formation. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., The Papal Foundation and Saint Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore.
He serves on the Episcopal advisory boards of Catholic Athletes for Christ, the Catholic Education Foundation, the Catholic Leadership Institute and the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education at Seton Hill University, Greensburg. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Sister Thea Bowman Foundation, Building United of Southwest Pennsylvania, United Way of Greater Pittsburgh and the Urban League of Pittsburgh and the Advisory Board of Angels’ Place. He is vice chair, Council, Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania, a member of the Cabinet of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Food Security Partnership.
Bishop Zubik serves as Episcopal Liaison, Catholic Charities USA; Episcopal Moderator, Catholic Purchasing Services; Episcopal Chair, Ladies of Charity of the USA and Episcopal Liaison, National Association of Church Personnel Administrators.
He was born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, and attended Saint Stanislaus Elementary School and Saint Veronica High School, both in Ambridge, before entering Saint Paul Seminary in Pittsburgh. He received an undergraduate degree at Duquesne University in 1971 and went on to study at Saint Mary Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he earned a degree in theology in 1975.
Bishop Zubik was ordained a priest on May 3, 1975, by Bishop Vincent M. Leonard at Saint Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh. Bishop Zubik served as parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Parish, Shadyside, until 1980. He was then assigned as vice principal of Quigley Catholic High School in Baden as well as chaplain to the Sisters of Saint Joseph Motherhouse and chaplain to the students at Mount Gallitzin Academy. At the same time, he began graduate studies at Duquesne University where he earned a master’s degree in education administration in 1982. He served in the role of adjunct spiritual director at Saint Paul Seminary from 1984 through 1991 and associate spiritual director at Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, from 1989 through 1996.
In 1987, Bishop Zubik was appointed administrative secretary to then-Pittsburgh Bishop Anthony J. Bevilacqua, who later became the Cardinal Archbishop of Philadelphia. In 1988, he was appointed administrative secretary and master of ceremonies to then-Pittsburgh Bishop Donald W. Wuerl (now Cardinal Archbishop of Washington, DC), where he served until 1991, when he began his service as director of Clergy Personnel.
In 1995, he was named associate general secretary and chancellor of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, and on January 1, 1996, became vicar general and general secretary—a position in which he served until his appointment as the Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay.