Franciscan announces new VP of community relations

STEUBENVILLE – The Rev. Nathan Malavoti, T.O.R., first came to the Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1988 as a student.

Today, he is preparing to assume the duties of vice president of community relations for the university.

The Rev. Sean Sheridan, T.O.R., president of the university, announced Malavoti’s appointment to replace the Rev. Richard Davis, T.O.R. who will be leaving the school to become minister provincial of the Franciscan T.O.R. Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

“I am very pleased that Father Nathan will be part of our Franciscan University family and direct the many ways we collaborate with the wonderful community in which we live and minister. Father Nathan brings an abundance of Franciscan joy to his ministry, and I am confident that he will share that joy with the people of the Ohio Valley,” said Sheridan.

“I also want to thank Father Richard Davis for his years of service as the university’s vice president of community relations. While no one could ever replace Father Richard, I know that Father Nathan will make every effort to be as involved in our community as was Father Richard,” added Sheridan.

The community relations department acts as the link between the university and the Tri-State Area.

In his role as vice president, Malavolti will continue to strengthen the university’s connections with the community, civic, diocesan, and religious organizations across the Ohio Valley.

Malavolti said he looks forward “with joy and excitement” to his new duties, which begin Aug. 1.

“From my many visits to Steubenville, I know the Tri-State Area is filled with many good people of all faiths and backgrounds. I look forward to finding more ways the university can help make this an even better community in which to live and raise a family,” said Malavoti.

Malavolti grew up in central Illinois and completed his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1986.

After working in various assignments as a research chemist, predominantly in the pharmaceutical industry, he discerned a call to the priesthood and the Third Order Regular Franciscans and started his studies in the Jubilee Year of 2000.

He was ordained to the priesthood in 2005 and served as a chemistry professor at St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa., where he also was chaplain for the men’s and women’s volleyball teams and the Omega Zeta Nu sorority, among other assignments.

Malavoti served as a chaplain for an outreach program for mentally challenged adults.

Malavolti was appointed a member of the board of trustees at Franciscan in 2007.