Washington, D.C. - Dr. Erik P. Goldschmidt, Executive Vice President of Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities, has been named Director of the Church in the 21st Century Center at Boston College today in an announcement made by the university’s president, Father William Leahy, SJ.

“Erik has been a tremendous asset to FADICA,” said Dr. Francis J. Butler,  the organization’s president, upon the news of  the appointment.

“It is no surprise that a rising talent like Erik would find it hard to resist this great opportunity at BC for leadership and service,” Dr. Butler said.  “We will miss him as a bright and energetic presence on our staff, and we remain extremely grateful for all that he accomplished for us during his tenure here.”

Dr. Goldschmidt came to FADICA at the beginning of 2011 to coordinate FADICA’s work with a younger generation of foundation leaders and to manage the planning of donor conferences on Catholic philanthropy among other projects.

Dr. Goldschmidt arrived at FADICA following work at Boston College’s Center for Child, Family and Community Partnerships, where he oversaw the development of an innovative student support system in fourteen urban elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Boston.

He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, and holds graduate degrees in teaching and theology from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Goldschmidt also did his undergraduate work at Notre Dame and served in its ACE volunteer program as a teacher for several years.

The Directorship position at Boston College's Church in  21st Century Center will entail helping the university address contemporary challenges facing the Catholic church. The BC Center was established to serve as a catalyst and resource for Church renewal.