Updated: April 25, 2013 6:03AM
The University of St. Francis in Joliet recently held a community reception to welcome its new president, Arvid C. Johnson, of Frankfort.
Johnson will assume the post after the May 31 retirement of current president Michael Vinciguerra.
University board chairman J.D. Ross introduced Johnson at the reception.
“We had an outstanding field of candidates, but there was one person who we felt best represented the mission of this university,” Ross said.
Johnson is the dean of the Brennan School of Business at Dominican University, where he is a tenured professor of management and has taught undergraduate and graduate business courses. Before his career in higher education, Johnson was a principal in a management consulting firm. 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.
Sister Dolores Zemont, president of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, also extended a welcome to Johnson.
“We look forward to working with you and promise you our loving support,” she said after leading more than 300 employees and friends in prayer.
Johnson is an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Mokena and is a 4th-degree Knight of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization.
“I recognize and am humbled by the trust that you — the sisters, trustees, faculty, staff, administrators, students, alumni and members of the community — have placed in me to steward your University of St. Francis,” Johnson said. “While USF might mean different things to each of you, in the heart we all share one vision, and that is to transform students into leaders, inspired by Franciscan values and traditions to serve and shape our world.”
USF serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and science, business, education, nursing and health care, and social work.
For information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit www.stfrancis.edu.