USF to hold presidential inauguration on Oct. 4

13-029PR. Presidential Inauguration tallThe Catholic, Franciscan heritage of University of St. Francis (USF) in Joliet, Ill. won’t be the only thing being celebrated on campus on Oct. 4. The Feast of St. Francis, a day that is annually reserved to honor the university’s patron saint, will also serve as the backdrop for another very important celebration: the inauguration of USF’s new president, Dr. Arvid Johnson.

A mass in USF’s St. Joseph Chapel will be followed by a display of academic colors and the inauguration event at 3 p.m. in the Pat Sullivan Center, and a picnic reception on the Quadrangle. These events will bring together USF faculty, staff and students; alumni; longtime donors; Joliet community leaders; delegates from regional schools, colleges and universities; and friends and supporters of higher education to welcome the university’s ninth president. To pay homage to the university’s Franciscan roots, Johnson has elected to dedicate the inauguration and his presidency to the theme, “Called to Serve, Called to Lead.”

Before joining the University of St. Francis community, Johnson served as dean of the Brennan School of Business and as a professor of management at Dominican University in River Forest, Ill. Prior to entering academia on a full-time basis in 2001, Johnson 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. Johnson, who serves on numerous boards and committees for local and state organizations, has been published and holds nine U.S. and dozens of foreign patents. He is the recipient of numerous honors, grants and awards. He and his wife, Anne, have three sons and are residents of Frankfort, Ill. They are active parishioners at St. Mary Catholic Church in nearby Mokena.

For more information regarding the Oct. 4 inauguration celebration at the University of St. Francis’ main campus, 500 Wilcox St., visit or call (800) 735-7500.

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