June 20, 2013
Recently a number of important leadership changes have occurred within the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Most Rev. Nicholas Polichnowski, T.O.R., was elected Minister General of the Third Order Regular, and will now be based in Rome. As a result of this election, Very Rev. Richard Davis, T.O.R., replaces the Most Rev. Polichnowski as the Minister Provincial of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, and as such now serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA, and Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH.
In light of these changes, the Board of Trustees of Saint Francis University, Very Rev. Davis, and Rev. Gabriel Zeis met on June 20, 2013 and mutually agreed that Rev. Zeis will continue as the President of the University through June 30, 2014. The Board of Trustees and the Minister Provincial thank Rev. Zeis for agreeing to remain as President of the University.
Subsequently, the Board of Trustees and the Provincial Minister agreed to extend the University’s presidential search. The Board of Trustees and the Province will immediately begin the process of establishing criteria for a slate of candidates and begin the selection process which will be completed no later than June 30, 2014.