News release from the University of Saint Francis:
USF Appoints Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
(March 4, 2015) â€” The University of Saint Francis has appointed Joseph M. Friona as the new Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. Friona has over 20 years of professional and academic experience, having served most recently as the Director of Assessment Teaching and Learning at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. Friona has a Master of Arts in Economics and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from State University of New York at Buffalo.
Friona will oversee the USF Virtual Campus, Graduate School and Crown Point site. Dr. Andrew Prall, Vice President for Academic Affairs, said, “Joe Friona will help facilitate the continued growth of our programs aimed at adult students. His experience with leading programs for online and returning adult students will provide additional focus to the university’s expanding list of programs. Graduate, online and Crown Point students represent 29 percent of the university’s total enrollment and the national trend in these areas of higher education shows continued growth. Joe’s experience will enhance the outstanding quality and value of our online and site-based programs for adult students who wish to complete or continue their education at the University of Saint Francis.”
About the University of Saint Francis
The University of Saint Francis is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015. Founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, USF offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, the university designs focused curriculum for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point, and online. Currently 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.