University Leadership


Dr. Arvid C. Johnson was installed as the ninth president of the University of St. Francis in June 2013. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in physics (Lewis University, Romeoville, Ill.) and a master’s degree in electrical engineering (Northeastern University, Boston, Mass.), Arvid holds an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, N.C.), and a Ph.D. in management science from the Stuart School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, Ill.).

Prior to joining the University of St. Francis, Arvid served as the Dean of the Brennan School of Business at Dominican University since 2008 – and as a Professor of Management since 2001. He presently serves on several boards including the Illinois Council on Economic Education (Governing Board), Will County Center for Economic Development, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA, Council of Presidents), the Council of Independent Colleges, First Secure Bank & Trust Company, Red Cross of the Illinois River Valley, and the Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center Community Leadership Board.

Prior to entering academia on a full-time basis in 2001, Arvid was a principal in a management consulting firm and worked with companies ranging in size from startups to multi-million-dollar business units of Fortune 500 companies to describe, account for, explain, and exploit the variability present in their manufacturing and service processes. Arvid also has over 15 years of engineering, manufacturing, and senior management experience in a variety of business environments including Northrop Grumman Corporation, Microwave Laboratories and Varian Associates. He founded and served as the chair of Information Resources, Inc.’s Analytics Advisory Board from 2003-2008, and led that company’s efforts to establish a global Research & Development function.

Arvid has published and presented extensively in the areas of quantitative analysis, microwave materials processing, advanced manufacturing practices, and strategic management. He holds 12 U.S. (and dozens of foreign) patents. His extensive list of publications includes 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, more than 19 book chapters and custom textbooks, and more than 42 peer-reviewed conference proceedings. He is the recipient of numerous honors, grants and awards.

Arvid and his family live in Frankfort, Illinois.

Service is a fundamental, integrating value of our Franciscan heritage because it is through service that we come to know Christ in each other – by recognizing the divine both in ourselves and in others and by putting others’ needs before our own."

Arvid Johnson

A Message from Arvid:

A president’s homepage is an interesting – some might even say funny – place to end up when visiting a university’s website.

  • Maybe you’re a prospective student, wondering if the president is young, good-looking and cool. (No, no and only occasionally!)
  • Maybe you’re one of our 3,900 or so existing students, wondering what Arvid is up to of late. (The BEST place to find that is my Twitter feed.)
  • Maybe you’re one of our 48,000 alumni, wondering who’s running the place now that you’re gone. (Welcome back!)
  • Maybe you’re one of our partners or a prospective partner, looking to better understand USF. If so, check out my 2017 “State of the University” presentation remarks, which were presented at Ambassador Day on October 19, 2017. (For more history, you’re welcome to check out my 2016 “State of the University” presentation remarks as well!)

However you ended up here, WELCOME!

USF is a “welcoming community of learners challenged by Franciscan values and charism” that prepares “women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership.” It says so in our mission statement – so it must be true! …And, it is.

As I said in my inaugural address, the “USF Family” – our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends – are called to serve and, through service, called to lead. Service is a fundamental, integrating value of our Franciscan heritage because it is through service that we come to know Christ in each other – by recognizing the divine both in ourselves and in others and by putting others’ needs before our own. This is a service based in joy, not obligation.

Through service, the USF family is called to lead and love in the real world.

  • Our students are not only talented but also compassionate and committed to improving the lives of others through service and leadership.
  • Our faculty members are world-class teachers who make educating our students their No. 1 priority.
  • Our staff members work tirelessly to care for our students and to ensure their success.
  • Our alumni are not only the best at what they do – true leaders in their fields – but also recognize USF’s contribution to what they have accomplished.
  • And, our local community members – whether elected officials, businesses, faith communities, other organizations, or neighbors – are true partners in every sense of that word.

The USF family is clearly called to lead through service – and is having a positive impact upon those it serves.

No matter how you ended up on this page, I invite you to learn more about this special place – the University of St. Francis – and the incredible people who call it home. Explore the rest of the website, schedule a visit or drop me a note at You’ll be glad you did!

Best regards,


Arvid Johnson Signature


Additional Leadership:

The University of St. Francis was founded by and is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of St. Mary Immaculate— also known as the “Joliet Franciscans.”

To discover more about their history and the work they do in our community, click here.

The president relies on the university’s Officers of Administration to keep the university running smoothly. This includes the provost and numerous vice presidents, who oversee the various administrative and academic departments at the University of St. Francis, including academics, admissions, finance, student activities, campus operations and university mission and ministry.

Officers of Administration

The University of St. Francis oversees and guides USF in fulfillment of its educational mission.

Joseph T. Mallof
Elected to Board 2013
Chairperson of the Board
President and CEO, Word Kitchen, LLC
Sarasota, Florida

Cheryl McCarthy, Ed.D.
Elected to Board 2015
Vice Chairperson to the Board
Joliet Township High School #204
Joliet, Illinois​

Anthony Arellano
Elected to Board 2014
Teacher (Retired)
Joliet District 86
Joliet, Illinois

Mark D. Bass
Elected to Board 1999
Insurance Agent
Farmers Insurance Group
Lisle, Illinois

Michael Brennan
Elected to Board 2016
Retired Vice President
Goldman Sachs
Chicago, Illinois

Myron Brick
Elected to Board 2018
Chief Strategic Officer
The Advis Group
Mokena, Illinois

Sue Bruno, OSF
Elected to Board 2017
Sponsorship Trustee
Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate
Joliet, Illinois

Edward Dollinger
Elected to Board 2016
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones Investments
Joliet, Illinois

Robert Erickson
Elected to Board 2018
Presence St. Joseph Medical Center
Joliet, Illinois

Diane F. Habiger
Elected to Board 2008
Property Manager, Co-Owner
Lincolnshire Properties
Joliet, Illinois

Scott Holdman
Elected to Board 2016
Vice President & General Manager
AAR Corp
Wood Dale, Illinois

Sr. MaryAnn Jerkofsky, OSF, Ph.D.
Elected to Board 2015
Assistant to the Coordinator for Sisters
Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home
Joliet, Illinois

Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D.
Ex Officio Member of the Board
without vote: 2013
University of St. Francis
Joliet, Illinois

Rev. James B. Lewis, O.Carm.
Elected to Board 2008
Mount Carmel High School
Chicago, Illinois

Caroline Portlock
Elected to Board 2019
*Ex Officio Member as President of the
Alumni Association
Workforce Investment Board of Will County
Joliet, Illinois

Candice Rosen
Elected to Board 2014
President and CEO
Candice Rosen Health Counseling
LaCanada Flintridge, California

Paramjit (PJ) Sidhu
Elected to Board 2014
Joliet Oncology Hematology Associates, Ltd.
Joliet, Illinois

Cheryl Stepney
Elected to Board 2014
President/Data Scientist
Bloomington, Minnesota

Faith Szambelanczyk, OSF
Elected to Board 2004
Sponsorship Trustee
President/CEO (Retired)
Joliet Catholic Academy
Joliet, Illinois

Daniel Streitz, D.D.S.
Elected to Board 2017
Streitz Dental Arts
Joliet, Illinois

Michael Turk 
Elected to Board 2013 
Turk Furniture 
Joliet, Illinois

Patricia S. Wheeler
Elected to Board 2005
Naperville, Illinois

Colleen Wyse
Elected to Board 2017
Philadelphia Trunk Show
Philadelphia, PA

Mary Jo Young, OSF, Ph.D.
Elected to Board 2000
Professor Emeritus
Elmhurst College
Cincinnati, Ohio

Dolores Zemont, OSF
Elected to Board 2012
Sponsorship Trustee
Congregation President
Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate
Joliet, Illinois

Trustees Emeriti

Byron Lee, Jr. Joliet, Illinois
President and Chief Executive Officer (Retired)
Nuclear Management and Resources Council
Washington, D.C.

Thomas M. Flavin President
Flavin and Associates
Woodridge, Illinois

Carolyn L. Murphy Alumna
Niles, Illinois
President, Commercial Operations (Retired)
CNA Insurance Companies
Chicago, Illinois

Presidents Emeriti

James A. Doppke, Ph.D. Libertyville, Illinois
John C. Orr, Ph.D. Verona, Illinois
Michael J. Vinciguerra, Ph.D. Joliet, Illinois

Officers of the Corporation

President Joseph T. Mallof
Secretary Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D.
Treasurer Julee Gard, Vice President of Administration and Finance