Notre Dame trustee Roxanne Martino resigns after being criticized for giving $25,000 to pro-choice organization
June 9, 2011
A Chicago business executive resigned today from the University of Notre Dame's board of trustees, after conservative Catholic columnists reported that she donated thousands of dollars to an organization that supported pro-choice politicians.
Roxanne Martino, president and chief executive officer of Aurora Investment Management, a Chicago firm that manages more than $8 billion in hedge funds, said she decided to step down in the best interest of the university.
"I dearly love my alma mater and remain fully committed to all aspects of Catholic teaching and to the mission of Notre Dame," she said in a statement. "I had looked forward to contributing in this new role, but the current controversy just doesn't allow me to be effective."
The controversy erupted last week when conservative Catholic columnist William McGurn reported that Martino, appointed to the board of trustees in April, had given more than $25,000 to Emily's List, a political organization dedicated to abortion rights.