Henry appointed as chancellor

STEUBENVILLE – Former Franciscan University of Steubenville President Rev. Terence Henry, TOR, has been appointed chancellor and will work with the University Advancement Department as well as the Alumni Relations Office and the school’s Development Office.

Henry stepped down as president of the university on May 31 after 13 years in that role. He was succeeded by the Rev. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, who announced Henry’s appointment Friday.

“Father Terry will serve as a Franciscan University ambassador and meet with alumni, assist with fundraising efforts and represent the university at certain events,” said Sheridan, who began serving as president of Franciscan University on June 1.

“I am very grateful to Father Terry for taking on these new responsibilities that will significantly advance the mission of the university. I am confident that he will continue to reach out to the Franciscan University family with the same concern that he demonstrated during his tenure as president,” said Sheridan.

Henry will assume his new responsibilities as chancellor immediately.

He is the second chancellor in the university’s history. Former university president the Rev. Michael Scanlan, TOR, served as chancellor from 2000 until his retirement in 2010.

Henry has been credited with strengthening the university mission through a new core curriculum, his public stand for religious freedom, entry into NCAA Division III athletics and a $31 million capital campaign,

“I am happy to be of continued service to the mission of Franciscan University. I am particularly glad that my duties include spending more time with alumni and friends of the university, They beautifully live out the Gospel in their families, careers, parishes and communities, so it is always a joy to be with them,” Henry said.

Henry also will take on the position of local minister of Holy Spirit Friary at Franciscan University on July 1 when he replaces the Rev. Richard Davis, TOR, who vacated the position when he was appointed minister provincial of the Franciscan TOR Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

As local minister, Henry will oversee the 20 priests and brothers who work as administrators, professors, pastoral ministers and staff at Franciscan University.

The Rev. Nicholas Polichnowski, TOR, chairman of Franciscan University’s Board of Trustees, announced Henry’s reassignment in January saying, “leaders are rotated periodically as a matter of course within religious life.”

“Being a university president has become an increasingly difficult task. With presidents serving only six years on average, we are grateful to Father Henry for giving 13 years in generous service to Franciscan University,” Polichnowski said in January.

“I was walking in large foot steps when I arrived here. Father Mike was known nationally and internationally but very few people knew who I was. That’s why I asked Father Mike to remain as the university chancellor. It was very important to me for the school to remain faithful to the teachings of the church. I look back at my time here with gratitude. It has been a privilege to have been entrusted with the mission of guiding the university,” said Henry in a January interview.

“When I came here in 2000 to start the transition from Father Mike Scanlan there may have been some people who wondered if Franciscan university would change. But we kept the mission of the church. It was why the Franciscan friars were originally invited here by Bishop (John King) Mussio to start a Catholic university. I am honored to have served as the fifth president of the university and to see the blessings I have received here,” said Henry.

“The Franciscan University mission has a profound significance, and I am grateful for my new roles in furthering that mission,” said Henry.

He also said he was, “planning a trip this summer to Yosemite National Park, which I consider the most beautiful place in America.”