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Leadership and Mission

Saint Francis University is sponsored by the Franciscans of the Third Order Regular and governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of both lay people and Franciscans. 

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    Goals of Franciscan Higher Education

    Saint Francis University is a vibrant, growing community of learners grounded in the Catholic faith thanks in no small part to the guiding themes espoused in the Goals of Franciscan Higher Education

    Explore the deeper meaning behind each goal

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    University President

    Fr. Malachi Van Tassell Leadership UPDATEDFr. Malachi Van Tassell T.O.R., Ph.D

    The Very Rev. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R. assumed the office of President at Saint Francis University on May 12, 2014, with his official inauguration taking place on October 4, 2014. 

    Presently, Father Malachi is bringing his first strategic plan, Francis 2020 to completion.  In the summer of 2018, the university undertook a major institutional restructuring.  The ultimate goal of the re-structuring was to keep a Saint Francis University education affordable and accessible.  Building on the solid foundation of Catholic and Franciscan identity, the university affirmed its strong academic programs in health sciences and business.  The university made major investments in STEAM programs, including engineering and the arts.  Operating efficiencies have been achieved to keep the institution nimble during challenging times.  The university affirmed its commitment to intercollegiate athletics competition at the Division One level of the NCAA.  

    On July 1, 2019, the university launched Francis Worldwide, a school geared to graduate and non-traditional students with significant offerings in digital and on-line learning.  Thus far in his tenure, Saint Francis University has created several new academic programs.  These include, but are not limited to, Master's in Cancer Care, B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, B.S. in General Engineering, and a B.S. in Business Analytics. 

    Successful capital projects include the seven million dollar Shields School of Business, four million dollar School of Health Sciences and Education experiential learning commons, and several athletics-related projects.  Commitments have been secured for the Connors Family Fine Arts Center, future home of the Resinski Black Box Theater.  The capital campaign for the School of Health Sciences and Education at Sullivan Hall progresses closer to conclusion.    

    Father is a member of the NCAA Division One Presidential Forum, member and past-Chair of the Northeast Conference Council of Presidents, and a member and past-Chair of the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities.  In the first half of 2019, Father Malachi served as Minister Provincial of the Sacred Heart Province and Chairman of the Board of Franciscan University, where he led a successful presidential search.

    Prior to the Presidency, he spent twelve years at the University as an assistant professor of accounting (full-time and adjunct).  He previously served as the treasurer and vicar provincial of the Franciscan Friars, Sacred Heart Province.    

    Fr. Malachi professed vows as a Franciscan in 1999 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2004.  He has a PhD in higher education leadership from Capella University, a master’s degree in taxation from Arizona State University, and an undergraduate degree in accounting and Spanish from Franciscan University.  A certified public accountant, he worked for Coopers & Lybrand in Phoenix, Arizona, and Arthur Andersen in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as a tax accountant prior to becoming a Franciscan.

    Education

    • B.A., Franciscan University
    • M. Tax., Arizona State University
    • M. Div., Washington Theological Union
    • Ph.D., Capella University Certified Public Accountant (Arizona)
    Board of Trustees

    The most prominent steward of this institution is the Saint Francis University Board of Trustees who are entrusted with overseeing the mission, vision, and advancement of the University.  The Board of Trustees was established in 1967, replacing the former Board of Control, which had been comprised solely of Franciscan friars.

    Chairman of the Board

    • Very Rev. Joseph Lehman, T.O.R., Ph.D., Loretto, PA

    President

    • Very Rev. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D., Loretto, PA

    Members

    • Dr. James Burke, Class of '88, Altoona, PA, President of Allegheny Brain & Spine Surgeons
    • Michael Calandra, Class of '84, Pittsburgh, PA, Executive Vice President of Frank Calandra Inc. and Jennmar
    • John "Jack" Eckenrode, Class of '74, Madison, CT, Global Chief of Security, State Street Bank (ret.) and Agent in Charge of Philadelphia FBI (ret.)
    • Lawrence Giannone, Class of '72, Johnstown, PA, Financial Advisor, Raymond James Financial
    • Kenneth Horoho, Jr., Esq., Class of '77, Pittsburgh, PA, Partner, Gentile, Horoho & Avalli, P.C.
    • Jacqueline Martella, Jennerstown, PA, President and CEO of Boswell Pharmacy Services and Martella's Pharmacy
    • Paul S. McGrath, Jr., Class of ’79, Pittsburgh, PA, Founder and Senior Managing Director, McGrath McCall, P.C.
    • Br. Nathan Meckey, T.O.R., Steubenville, OH, Franciscan University
    • Kevin Miller, Class of '90, Pittsburgh, PA, Managing Director, Northwestern Mutual
    • Brittni Moore, Class of 2008, Buffalo, NY
    • The Hon. Judith Ference Olson, Class of '79, Pittsburgh, PA, Superior Court of Pennsylvania
    • Frank Pasqualone, Newtown, PA, COO Theravance Biopharma, Inc.
    • Rev. Gregory Plow, T.O.R., Washington, D.C., Saint Louis Friary
    • Teresa Kaminski Polley, Class of '82, Norwalk, CT, President and CEO Financial Accounting Foundation
    • Frank Quitoni, Johnstown, PA, President and General Manager, WWCP-TV (ret.)
    •  Jean Payne Rogers, Class of '82, Glen Burnie, MD, Retired, Social Worker, Geriatrics
    • Paul Sansone, Class of '88, Atlanta, GA, Partner, TechCXO
    • Rev. Jonathan St. Andre, T.O.R., Steubenville, OH, Franciscan University of Steubenville
    • John Sullivan, Class of ’67, Newtown, PA, Retired President, ABB North America Power Products and Systems Segment
    • Dr. James Takacs, Class of '82, Ebensburg, PA, Owner, Ebensburg Animal Hospital
    • Joy Thoma, Class of '80, Purchase, NY, Senior VP for HR International Markets, Mastercard International
    • Rev. Jude Ventiquattro, T.O.R., Class of '70, Pittsburgh, PA, Queen of Peace Friary
    • Joseph F. Waterman, Class of '73, Berwyn, PA, retired, CFO, Procurian, Inc.
    • Rev. Patrick Whittle, T.O.R., Washington, D.C., Saint Louis Friary
    • Rev. Vincent Yeager, T.O.R., Steubenville, OH, Franciscan University of Steubenville

     

    Chairman of the Board

    • Very Rev. Joseph Lehman, T.O.R., Ph.D., Loretto, PA

    President

    • Very Rev. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D., Loretto, PA

    Members

    • Dr. James Burke, Class of '88, Altoona, PA, President of Allegheny Brain & Spine Surgeons
    • Michael Calandra, Class of '84, Pittsburgh, PA, Executive Vice President of Frank Calandra Inc. and Jennmar
    • John "Jack" Eckenrode, Class of '74, Madison, CT, Global Chief of Security, State Street Bank (ret.) and Agent in Charge of Philadelphia FBI (ret.)
    • Lawrence Giannone, Class of '72, Johnstown, PA, Financial Advisor, Raymond James Financial
    • Kenneth Horoho, Jr., Esq., Class of '77, Pittsburgh, PA, Partner, Gentile, Horoho & Avalli, P.C.
    • Jacqueline Martella, Jennerstown, PA, President and CEO of Boswell Pharmacy Services and Martella's Pharmacy
    • Paul S. McGrath, Jr., Class of ’79, Pittsburgh, PA, Founder and Senior Managing Director, McGrath McCall, P.C.
    • Br. Nathan Meckey, T.O.R., Steubenville, OH, Franciscan University
    • Kevin Miller, Class of '90, Pittsburgh, PA, Managing Director, Northwestern Mutual
    • Brittni Moore, Class of 2008, Buffalo, NY
    • The Hon. Judith Ference Olson, Class of '79, Pittsburgh, PA, Superior Court of Pennsylvania
    • Frank Pasqualone, Newtown, PA, COO Theravance Biopharma, Inc.
    • Rev. Gregory Plow, T.O.R., Washington, D.C., Saint Louis Friary
    • Teresa Kaminski Polley, Class of '82, Norwalk, CT, President and CEO Financial Accounting Foundation
    • Frank Quitoni, Johnstown, PA, President and General Manager, WWCP-TV (ret.)
    •  Jean Payne Rogers, Class of '82, Glen Burnie, MD, Retired, Social Worker, Geriatrics
    • Paul Sansone, Class of '88, Atlanta, GA, Partner, TechCXO
    • Rev. Jonathan St. Andre, T.O.R., Steubenville, OH, Franciscan University of Steubenville
    • John Sullivan, Class of ’67, Newtown, PA, Retired President, ABB North America Power Products and Systems Segment
    • Dr. James Takacs, Class of '82, Ebensburg, PA, Owner, Ebensburg Animal Hospital
    • Joy Thoma, Class of '80, Purchase, NY, Senior VP for HR International Markets, Mastercard International
    • Rev. Jude Ventiquattro, T.O.R., Class of '70, Pittsburgh, PA, Queen of Peace Friary
    • Joseph F. Waterman, Class of '73, Berwyn, PA, retired, CFO, Procurian, Inc.
    • Rev. Patrick Whittle, T.O.R., Washington, D.C., Saint Louis Friary
    • Rev. Vincent Yeager, T.O.R., Steubenville, OH, Franciscan University of Steubenville

     

      Presidents Cabinet

      President

      Very Rev. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D., CPA, Loretto, PA, President, Saint Francis University

        President's Cabinet Members

        Sean Donoghue ’79, Pittsburgh Area Sales Manager, Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co.. Murrysville, Pennsylvania

         

        Dr. Francine Endler, Executive Director, Central Intermediate Unit 10, West Decatur, Pennsylvania

        Sherry D. Forney ’93, Chief Financial Officer/Owner, Forney White & Wagner Health Insurance Agency, Altoona, Pennsylvania

        Jonathan C. Gleason, Area Vice President, Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc., Johnstown, Pennsylvania

        John P. Goodrich, Esq. ’83, President, Goodrich & Associates, P.C., Gibsonia, Pennsylvania

        M. David Halpern, Esq., President & Wealth Manager, Equity Concepts North, LLC. Mediator, Halpern Mediation/Arbitration, Duncansville, Pennsylvania

        Martin J. Marasco ’68, President and CEO (retired), Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation, Altoona, Pennsylvania

        The Hon. Debra M. H. McLaughlin ’90, Judge, West Virginia 23rd Judicial Circuit, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

        Sabino J. Ranaudo ’72, Chartered Financial Consultant, Wienken Wealth Management, Lemont, Pennsylvania

        Dawn M. Repko, M.D. ’94, Physician, Mainline Medical Associates, Cresson, Pennsylvania

        Sarah Schroeder, M.D., M.P.H., Physician, Pennsylvania Vein and Laser Institute, Loretto, Pennsylvania

        Linda Thomson, President, Johnstown Area Regional Industries, Inc., Johnstown, Pennsylvania

        Willard A. Wilkinson, IV, President & Owner, Wilkinson Bus Lines, Inc., Cresson, Pennsylvania

        Philip M. Woo, Jr., D.M.D., Owner, Philip M. Woo Dentistry, Ebensburg, Pennsylvania

        Daniel J. Wukich, Executive Vice President, Quest Healthcare Development, Inc., Jeannette, Pennsylvania

         

        Administration
        Fr. Malachi Van Tassell UPDATED 

        Father Malachi Van Tassell T.O.R., Ph.D

        Title: President
         Phone: 814-472-3001
         Email:  mvantassell@francis.edu

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        Dr. Karan Powell 

        Title: Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs
         Department: Academic Affairs 
         Office Location: Scotus Hall 317 
         Phone: 814-472-3004 
         Email:  kpowell@francis.edu

        Frank Montecalvo

        Dr. Frank C. Montecalvo Jr.

        Title: Vice President for Student Development 
         Department: Student Development 
         Office Location: Padua Hall 231 
         Phone: 814-472-3002 
         Email:  fmontecalvo@francis.edu

        Robert Crusciel

        Robert J. Crusciel '86 

        Title: Vice President for Advancement 
         Department: Advancement and Alumni Relations 
         Office Location: Raymond Hall 310 
         Phone: 814-472-3021 
         Email:  rcrusciel@francis.edu

        Jeff

        Jeffrey Savino 

        Title: Vice President for Finance  and Administration
        Department: Finance & Administration
        Office Location: Scotus Hall 322A 
        Phone: 814-472-3261 
        Email:  jsavino@francis.edu