STEUBENVILLE, OHIO—Franciscan University of Steubenville President Father Terence Henry, TOR, recently announced five additions to the Board of Trustees: Richard V. Allen, David DeWolf, Bishop Sam Jacobs, Father John Mark Klaus, TOR, and Michael Tobin.
“Franciscan University is honored to welcome these distinguished Catholics to our Board of Trustees. To help us with the many challenges and opportunities before us, we sought out experienced, faith-filled leaders who can truly advance Franciscan University's mission,” said University President Father Terence Henry, TOR.
The five began their first four-year term at the October 2012 board meeting.
A graduate from St. Francis Preparatory School in Pennsylvania, run by the same Franciscan province that operates Franciscan University, Allen received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Notre Dame. A senior staff member of President Richard Nixon's National Security Council in 1968, Allen went on to serve several Republican administrations up to and including President Ronald Reagan.
Allen is the president of the Richard V. Allen Company, a Washington-based consulting firm, providing services to international companies and organizations. He currently serves on APCO Worldwide's Iraq reconstruction task force and is considered one of the most influential lobbyists in Washington for South Korean interests.
A graduate of the Franciscan University Class of 1999, DeWolf is chairman and CEO of Three Pillar Global, Inc., the mid-Atlantic's leading software product development company. He was named to the "Top 40 Under 40" list by the Washington Business Journal, and was named one of SmartCEO magazine's "Future 50." In 2010, he also received Franciscan University's Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
A member of the Development Advisory Board for the Franciscan Sisters TOR, DeWolf ’99 also participated in the second annual symposium for the Foundation for Evangelization Through the Media. Additionally, DeWolf is a member of Legatus, an organization for Catholic CEOs and executives.
Bishop Jacobs has served as bishop of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in
Louisiana since 2003. He studied at Immaculata Seminary in Lafayette and the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and was ordained to the priesthood in 1964. He served as pastor, chaplain, and associate pastor of several parishes in the Dioceses of Lafayette and Lake Charles, and was appointed the 10th bishop of Alexandria in 1989.
Bishop Jacobs has served as chairman of the National Service Committee for the Charismatic Renewal, and diocesan director of Vocations and Seminarians for the Diocese of Lake Charles. He has spoken often at Franciscan University summer conferences for youth and adults.
Father Klaus is a Franciscan priest of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis Sacred Heart Province, in Loretto, Pennsylvania. After a career as a school
music teacher and director of music in several parishes in the Dioceses of Greensburg and Harrisburg, he entered the Franciscan order in 1989. He has since taught music and theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and St. Francis University in Loretto, and is presently the director of campus ministry at St. Francis University.
From 2008 through 2012, Father Klaus served as Regional Local Minister for the Sacred Heart Province. He has given numerous workshops in liturgy and music, and has had several articles published in newspapers and magazines. Currently, he is the provincial secretary for the Sacred Heart Provincial Council.
A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, Tobin is co-founder and principal shareholder of Continent 8
Technologies PLC and the creator of the "Continent 8" brand. From 1995-1998, he was on the Board of Education for Plattsburgh, New York, and is the former director of Empire State Development, the lead economic development agency for New York State.
Tobin is a private equity investor and consultant, licensed with Tobin & Associates CPA, and a member of Legatus.
There are now 24 trustees on the governing board, including 14 lay members and 7 friars of the Third Order Regular of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
A Catholic liberal arts school located in southeastern Ohio, Franciscan University of Steubenville serves over 2,500 students from all 50 states and 14 countries. Noted for its strong academics and dynamic faith environment, the University offers over 40 undergraduate and seven graduate programs, including a semester-long study abroad program in Gaming, Austria.