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University of St. Francis board extends president's contract through 2027

Arvid Johnson
Arvid Johnson

The University of St. Francis Board of Trustees extended university President Arvid Johnson’s contract at its meeting last month.

Johnson, who joined the university in June 2013 as its ninth president, will continue to serve as president through June 2027, according to a news release.

“I look forward to many more years of helping the USF community build a Franciscan future through offering academic excellence in programs that prepare women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership,” Johnson said.

Outgoing USF Board of Trustees chairman Arthur Scheuber praised Johnson’s impact on the USF community during his tenure.

“He came to St. Francis with a belief in ‘servant leadership’ and was quick to develop strong relationships with the founding congregation, students, staff, faculty, alumni and the community,” Scheuber said. “He also developed a strategic plan that called for the development of measurable goals. In the six years that Dr. Johnson has been at the helm of the university, he has met or exceeded almost all of those goals.”

He also praised Johnson’s work on improving the university’s presence in downtown Joliet, creating a new home for its nursing college, building a new science hall and addressing parking issues on campus. USF has also continued to receive regional and national accolades for its academics.

Prior to joining USF, Johnson served as the dean of the Brennan School of Business at Dominican University.

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