Bishop Robert Muench announced the appointment of David Aguillard as the new Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (CCDBR) effective October 1. A search committee, made up of diocesan central administration and CCDBR board members and community nonprofit leaders, began the search four months ago after the retirement of Deborah Roe. Applicants from across the country and locally sought the position, but ultimately Aguillard, a CCDBR employee, was chosen. 

“David brings the right mix of proven leadership abilities, resource development and an energized commitment to building the common good,” said Bishop Muench “The fact that he is already engaged in our mission is a great bonus.”

Aguillard was hired by Catholic Charities in 2006 as the agency’s housing advocate, overseeing renovations, grant proposals and construction projects. Before joining Catholic Charities, Aguillard served as President and CEO of Lake Physician Health Organization. Prior to that, he worked for social service reform on the state and local levels and was employed as a reporter for large daily newspapers across the country. He was also an adjunct professor at LSU, teaching public speaking and media writing.

“I’m honored to accept Bishop Muench’s appointment,” said Aguillard. “This is certainly a blessing to live my Catholic faith at an agency with such an incredible history and mission.”

“David brings many years of management experience and a great commitment to the agency’s mission to the community,” said Beth Manning, CCDBR board chair.

Since Hurricane Gustav ripped through the Diocese, Catholic Charities responded rapidly offering case management and counseling for bewildered storm victims, distributing supplies to families and individuals, and supporting shelters throughout the area. The agency estimates over 10,000 people received services. The Bishop’s announcement comes on the heels of Aguillard’s return from Houston, where he and a team from Catholic Charities USA assisted their sister agency with their response and relief work after Hurricane Ike.

“The experience of working with my Catholic Charities family through these difficult days has shown me the critical need we continually fill,” said Aguillard. “I am impressed by their dedication, their faith, and their fervent commitment to helping others.”

Aguillard has 3 children, Emmi P. Aguillard, Anna Marie P. Aguillard, and David P. Aguillard. He is a New Orleans native and attended Benjamin Franklin High School. He continued his studies by earning his B.A. at St. Louis University. He later earned his M.A. at the University of Michigan and both his M.H.A. and his M.P.A. at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a member of St. Aloysius Parish.

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