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
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.
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
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.