On November 11, 2013, the Saint Francis University Board of Trustees elected Rev. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R.
to assume the office of president of Saint Francis University. His term
will begin after Rev. Gabriel Zeis, T.O.R. concludes his tenure at the
end of the academic year 2013-2014.
Father Malachi is the son of Fred and Barbara Van Tassell and a
native of Poughkeepsie, NY. He is the oldest of five children and has
nine nieces and nephews. He professed vows as a Franciscan in 1999 and
was ordained to the priesthood in 2004 at the Immaculate Conception
Chapel at Saint Francis University.
Father Malachi has a Ph.D. 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 (Arizona), he
worked for Coopers & Lybrand in Phoenix, AZ and Arthur Andersen in
Albuquerque, NM as a tax accountant prior to becoming a Franciscan.
Father Malachi's doctoral dissertation was on the subject of servant
leadership. He has had two book reviews appear in the Journal of the
American Taxation Association. He has served on various academic
committees at Saint Francis University over the years, including service
as the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative and co-chair of the
University's Day of Reflection committee.
He currently serves as the Provincial Econome (Treasurer) and Vicar
Provincial of the Franciscan Friars, Sacred Heart Province. Father is an
adjunct assistant professor of accounting at Saint Francis, where he
has taught for 11 years. Concurrently, Father Malachi was deputy fire
chief and chaplain of the Loretto Volunteer Fire Company for 10 ½ years.
He is a trustee of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and vice
president of the Foundation Maria Enthroned, Franciscan University's
On January 6, 2014, an official announcement of Fr. Malachi's election will be released.
The University community welcomes Fr. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R. as
president-elect and commits itself to supporting him in this time of
transition, especially through its best wishes and prayers.