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University of St. Francis Board of Trustees names new chair

Joseph T. Mallof
Joseph T. Mallof

The University of St. Francis Board of Trustees named its new chairman at a meeting earlier this month.

Joseph T. Mallof of Sarasota, Florida, will serve a three-year term through 2022 to helm the board. He joined the board in November 2013, according to a news release.

Mallof succeeds Arthur Scheuber, who is leaving the board, where he has served since 2012.

“As the board’s newly elected chairperson, I sincerely look forward to the opportunity to continue the legacy of leadership rooted in Franciscan values that Art and all previous chairpersons, as well as the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, have provided for this university, its students and its staff,” Mallof said. “I am especially excited to be the chairperson as we celebrate the university’s centennial in 2020.

He is a retired president and chief executive officer for World Kitchen. He praised the board’s efforts in fundraising and in the college’s recent capital campaign to fund the new LaVerne and Dorothy Brown Science Hall on USF’s main campus in Joliet. Such efforts have helped fund scholarships and state-of-the-art facilities for students.

“The trustees on this board believe in the value of a Catholic, Franciscan education,” Mallof said. “Not only do they believe in the values, but they also live them.”

The board also elected Cheryl McCarthy, the outgoing Joliet Township High School District 204 superintendent and a USF alumna, to serve a two-year term as the new vice-chairman.

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