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Inauguration Ceremonies for Franciscan University of Steubenville's Sixth President Announced

9/11/2013 - 7:01 AM PST

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give “A Presidential Perspective on Franciscan University of Steubenville and the New Evangelization.” The afternoon session will consist of a faculty panel discussion and remarks by Dr. Daniel Kempton, vice president for Academic Affairs.

On Friday evening at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Scott Hahn, the Father Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University, will speak in Christ the King Chapel on “The New Evangelization and Franciscan University.”

For more information on the inaugural events, including how to register for the free symposium, go to

Biography of Father Sean O. Sheridan, TOR:

The Board of Trustees selected Father Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, as the sixth president of Franciscan University of Steubenville on April 19, 2013, and he began serving as president on June 1.

Father 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 Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, since 2010, he 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. 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 healthcare litigation, primarily with the representation of hospitals and physicians.

The Cresson, Pennsylvania, native 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. In 2007, Father Sheridan graduated from Washington Theological Union with his master of divinity. That same year, he also obtained his licentiate in canon law from The Catholic University of America School of Canon Law. In 2009, he obtained a doctorate in canon law from The Catholic University of America School of Canon Law. His dissertation, “Ex corde Ecclesiae: A Canonical Commentary on Catholic Universities ‘From the Heart of the Church’ to Catholic Universities,” addresses seven challenges to the implementation of Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Constitution on Catholic Universities and suggests solutions to those issues.

The Presidents of Franciscan University of Steubenville:

Father Dan Egan, TOR, 1946-1959
Father Kevin R. Keelan, TOR, 1959-1962; 1969-1974
Father Columba J. Devlin, 1962-1969
Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, 1974-2000
Father Terence Henry, TOR, 2000-2013
Father Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, 2013 –


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