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Hernon New Vice President of Advancement
Posted: Friday, February 15, 2008
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STEUBENVILLE, OHIO—Franciscan University today announced Michael Hernon as its new vice president of Advancement, effective March 1, 2008.
“I couldn’t be more pleased that Mike is coming on board as our new vice president of Advancement. His fund-raising experience, extensive contacts with our alumni and Catholic leaders throughout the country, as well as his strong ties to the local community will be great assets to the University,” said President Father Terence Henry, TOR.
Hernon, who received both his bachelor’s degree and his MBA from Franciscan University, worked for the University in Admissions and Financial Aid for five years after graduation. Since then he has primarily used his talents to work in politics as the director of Catholic Outreach for the Republican National Committee and subsequently as campaign manager for Ken Blackwell’s campaign for governor of Ohio, where he managed a $12 million operation. He also served as councilman at large on the Steubenville City Council from January 2004 to December 2007.
In January 2007 he became founding president of The Catholic Association, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization that represents lay Catholics and organizes them into an effective advocacy movement, responding to the call of the Catholic Church to apply Catholic teaching, wisdom, and principles to the issues of the day.
As vice president of Advancement, Hernon will be responsible for all of the University’s fund-raising efforts and will take charge of the school’s $25 million capital campaign. The Alumni Relations Office and University Journeys operations will also report directly to him.
Hernon and his wife, Alicia, and their children reside in Steubenville.