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April 22, 2013

Cresson native to lead Ohio university

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Cresson native, the Rev. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, was appointed president of Franciscan University of Steubenville last week by the university’s board of trustees.

As the school’s sixth president, he succeeds the Rev. Terence Henry, TOR, who has held the position since 2000.

“Father Sean brings an excellent blend of academic, pastoral, legal, and business experience to Franciscan University,” 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. “He has also demonstrated a strong care and concern for the good of the university’s educational and spiritual mission.”

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 St. Francis University in Loretto since 2010, Sheridan 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.

Before he entered the Franciscan Third Order Regular, he graduated in 1985 with a bachelor of science in pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, working as a pharmacy training manager from 1984-1990.

In 1990, he earned his juris doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and spent the next 10 years as a practicing attorney in Sacramento and Pittsburgh, focusing on health care litigation, primarily with the representation of hospitals and physicians.

Sheridan entered the Franciscan Third Order Regular in 2000 and made his solemn profession of vows in 2005. He was ordained to the priesthood in December 2006.

“I am honored to serve as the next president of Franciscan University. It is inspiring and truly humbling for me to be here at Franciscan University with the students who are pouring their hearts into their education and their prayer life, falling in love with God and the Church, and striving to become saints,” Sheridan said in a written statement.

Sheridan’s pastoral experience includes Franciscan University summer conferences, parish ministerial duties, RCIA, pastoral care at hospitals, campus ministry, and residence hall chaplaincy. He also serves within the Sacred Heart Province in many other capacities.

He will assume the duties of president June 1, the start of the new fiscal year for Franciscan University.

He will be formally installed as the president during the inauguration ceremony on Oct. 10.

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