University names Florak to new position

STEUBENVILLE – Franciscan University of Steubenville has announced the promotion of Michael E. Florak to executive director of community relations. Since January 2011, Florak has served the university as its director of community development.

In his new position, Florak will be responsible for building and maintaining fruitful relationships between the university and the Ohio Valley, officials said. He already has done much of that groundwork in his previous position at Franciscan, which put him in close contact with many local and state, civic, cultural and political agencies and organizations.

“It’s been a fantastic period in my life to be back in Steubenville these past three and a half years, working at Franciscan University. Hopefully I will be able to continue to help the university further God’s mission and our role in our community for many years to come,” Florak said.

Among his duties, Florak will determine how the university can provide administrative, technical and financial support to local nonprofit organizations and civic causes.

At the university, he directs the activities of the university’s board of advisers, Baron Club, Academy of Lifelong Learning and the annual Founders’ Day Dinner. Locally, he serves on committees for the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Jefferson County’s Taste of the County, Trails and Greenways, and Faith in the Future. He is on the board of directors for Brightway Center and Martha Manor and is a member of numerous community organizations.

Florak is a Steubenville native and a graduate of Catholic Central High School.

He holds a degree in journalism/public relations and a master’s degree in higher education administration, both from Ohio University. He achieved recognition throughout the region as the head baseball coach at Youngstown State University for nine years, where his team was Horizon League champion and runner-up, and two of his teams had the highest team GPAs in the conference.

During the past 17 years, Florak has taught communication courses at Waynesburg University, Youngstown State University, Penn State Shenango, and Eastern Gateway Community College.