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February 18, 2013

St. Francis president ending 10-year term

LORETTO — The Rev. Gabriel Zeis is preparing to step down from his post as president of St. Francis University, according to university officials.

Zeis is wrapping up his

10-year term, which was decided upon his appointment to the presidency.

He announced his coming retirement in June during a meeting of the school’s board of trustees.

The university’s presidential transition process is already under way.

The board and the Sacred Heart Province of the Third Order Regular are generating a list of potential successors.

“We wanted to make sure that the university community is prepared to make the transition,” said Marie Young, director of marketing and communications at St. Francis.

A news release from the college in January stated that Zeis’ replacement would “continue the commitment to fundraising, strategic academic growth and campus development.”

In his time leading the college, the most dramatic change Zeis put in place was the

adoption of academic schools. St. Francis students now register for courses in the schools of business, arts and letters, sciences, and health sciences.

The Roman Catholic university also will open a 70,000-square-foot science center for the fall se­mester.

“Mr. Zeis was instrumental in that process,” Young said.

The Franciscan Order will help Zeis move into his next role.

Although a timeline for the transition has not been established, more details – as well as an official statement from Zeis – are expected to surface at a March 14 meeting of the university’s board of trustees.

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