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Former archdiocese official resigns from University of St. Thomas board

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The Rev. Kevin McDonough
The Rev. Kevin McDonough served as the archbishop's deputy from 1991-2009.
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A former top deputy of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has resigned from the board of trustees at the University of St. Thomas.

The Rev. Kevin McDonough resigned from the board on October 4. His departure came amid growing concern over McDonough's handling of clergy sexual abuse cases in the church. 

McDonough served as the vicar general for the archdiocese for more than a decade. He led an investigation in 2006 into allegations that a priest who taught at St. Thomas sexually abused a teenage girl.

A University spokesman said McDonough resigned from the board so that his work for the archdiocese would not be a distraction.