STEUBENVILLE, OHIO—Father Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, today announced the appointment of Father Terence Henry, TOR, as chancellor of the University. As chancellor, Father Henry will work closely with the University Advancement Department, including the Alumni Relations Office and the Development Office, Father Sheridan said.
“Father Terry will serve as a Franciscan University ambassador and meet with alumni, assist with fundraising efforts, and represent the University at certain events,” said Father Sheridan, who began serving as president of Franciscan University on June 1.
“I am very grateful to Father Terry for taking on these new responsibilities that will significantly advance the mission of the University. I am confident that he will continue to reach out to the Franciscan University family with the same concern that he demonstrated during his tenure as president,” said Father Sheridan.
Father Henry completed 13 years as the University’s president on May 31 and will assume his new responsibilities as chancellor immediately.
“I am happy to be of continued service to the mission of Franciscan University. I am particularly glad that my duties include spending more time with alumni and friends of the University,” Father Henry said. “They beautifully live out the Gospel in their families, careers, parishes, and communities, so it is always a joy to be with them.”
Father Henry will also take on the position of local minister of Holy Spirit Friary at Franciscan University on July 1. Father Richard Davis, TOR, who vacated the position when he became minister provincial of the Franciscan TOR Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, announced the appointment on June 4.
As local minister, Father Henry will oversee the 20 priests and brothers who work as administrators, professors, pastoral ministers, and staff at Franciscan University.
According to the Rule and Life of the Brothers and Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis, local minsters should be “servants of all” the friars and should “visit, admonish, and encourage them with humility and charity.”
Commenting on his appointments as chancellor and local minister, Father Henry said, “The Franciscan University mission has a profound significance, and I am grateful for my new roles in furthering that mission.”
Franciscan University integrates excellent academic programs with a dynamic faith environment to serve more than 2,400 students from all 50 states and 15 countries. It offers more than 40 undergraduate and 8 graduate degree programs, the most popular of which include theology, catechetics, nursing, education, and business administration.
Franciscan University has received a top-tier placement for 12 consecutive years in U.S. News & World Report’s list of America’s Best Colleges and is featured in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine’s top 100 “best values” in private higher education. Franciscan University is one of only about two dozen schools listed in The Cardinal Newman Society’s Guide to Choosing a Catholic College and is in the National Catholic Register’s Catholic Identity College Guide.