On April 19, the Board of Trustees of Franciscan University of Steubenville announced the appointment of Father Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, as the school's sixth president. He succeeds Father Terence Henry, TOR, who has served as president since 2000.
"Father Sean brings an excellent blend of academic, pastoral, legal, and business experience to Franciscan University. He has also demonstrated a strong care and concern for the good of the University's educational and spiritual mission. Together, these qualifications will uniquely equip him to lead Franciscan University according to the 'heart of the Church,'" said Father Nicholas Polichnowski, TOR, chairman of the Board of Trustees and minister provincial of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Province of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Penance.
Father Sheridan served as assistant professor in the School of Canon Law at The Catholic University of America from 2009 until he joined Franciscan University's Theology Department as a professor in fall 2012, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. A member of the Board of Trustees of Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, since 2010, he also held a position on the Franciscan University Board of Trustees from 2007-2012, working on the Student Life Committee and the Academic Affairs Committee, which he chaired from 2011-2012.