Inauguration of Arvid C. Johnson, Ph. D

October 4 Agenda

  • 1 p.m. Mass in Saint Joseph Chapel, Motherhouse
  • 2:45 p.m. Display of Academic Colors in Tower Hall
  • 3 p.m. Inauguration in the Pat Sullivan Center
  • Celebration Picnic following on the Quadrangle


Arvid was installed as 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), 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).

Prior to joining the University of St. Francis, Arvid served as dean of the Brennan School of Business at Dominican University and as a professor of Management. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Council on Economic Education; as an elected member of the Lincoln-Way Community High School District Board of Education, including as board president; as an appointed member of the Village of Frankfort’s Financial Affairs Committee; and on the Midwest Decision Sciences Institute board, of which he is a past president.

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. He has more than 15 years of engineering, manufacturing and senior management experience in a variety of business environments, including Northrop Grumman Corp., Microwave Laboratories and Varian Associates. He founded and served as the chair of Information Resources, Inc.’s Analytics Advisory Board and led that company’s efforts to establish a global Research & Development function that included over 120 personnel in nine countries.

Arvid has published and presented extensively in the areas of quantitative analysis, microwave materials processing, advanced manufacturing practices and strategic management. He holds nine U.S. and dozens of foreign patents. He is the recipient of numerous honors, grants and awards.

Arvid, his wife Anne and their sons William, Christopher and Stephen, along with the family’s two dogs, live in Frankfort, Ill.