Matt Manion has left the Catholic Leadership Institute, based in Wayne, and assumes leadership of the Center for Church Management at the Villanova University School of Business.

The Villanova University School of Business recently announced that Dr. Charles Zech, a professor of economics, has stepped down from his role as the faculty director for the Center for Church Management (CCM) and Master’s of Science in Church Management (MSCM) Program.

Charles Zech

Zech, who founded the center in 2004 as the first program of its kind in the nation, will remain at Villanova’s School of Business and assist on the transition.

He will be succeeded by Matthew Manion, a former president and CEO and most recently a senior fellow at the Wayne-based Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI).

In his new role, Manion has also been appointed as a professor of practice at the Villanova Business School’s Management and Operations Department. In leading the CCM he will work in partnership with the CCM director, Jim Gallo.

The CLI was founded in 1991 by former business executive Timothy Flanagan working with the late Father Charles Pfeffer with an original purpose of building leadership in the church among young adults. Since then it has expanded its leadership programs to include bishops, priests, religious and laity. More than 100 bishops and archbishops have participated in its programs.

While the Center for Church Management and the Catholic Leadership Institute sound similar and both are faith-centered, there are clear differences. For example the CCM, which is based at Villanova, offers a master’s program as well as a web-based certificate program in church management in conjunction with Our Sunday Visitor newspaper.

The center also has a greater focus on the business side of how the church can most effectively perform its mission.

Catholic Leadership Institute, which does not grant degrees, places greater emphasis on leadership,…