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Lincoln-Way D210 Member Set for Inauguration as USF President

Arvid Johnson, who began his new job in June, will dedicate his work at the school to the theme, “Called to Serve, Called to Lead.”

Arvid Johnson. Credit: University of St. Francis
Arvid Johnson. Credit: University of St. Francis
By Karen Sorensen (Editor)

The day will begin with a mass in the St. Joseph Chapel followed by a display of academic colors. The actual inauguration will be at 3 p.m. in the Pat Sullivan Center, followed by a picnic reception on the Quadrangle.

The event will be attended by USF faculty, staff and students; alumni; longtime donors; Joliet community leaders; delegates from regional schools, colleges and universities; and USF friends and supporters.

Johnson, the university's ninth president, has announced he will dedicate his presidency to the theme, “Called to Serve, Called to Lead.”

Prior to being named USF president, Johnson was dean of the Brennan School of Business and a professor of management at Dominican University in River Forest. 

He became a full-time professor in 2001, following a career as a principal in a management consulting firm and more than 15 years of engineering, manufacturing and senior management experience. 
Arvid Johnson will be inaugurated as the new president of the University of St. Francis on Oct. 4, the feast day of the Joliet college's patron saint.

Johnson, a Frankfort resident, is also the president of the Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Board of Education. He holds nine U.S. and dozens of foreign patents. 

He has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Lewis University in Romeoville, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., and a doctorate in management science from the Stuart School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. 

For more information on the inauguration celebration, go to www.stfrancis.edu/inauguration or call 800-735-7500.

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