Hiring of interim USF Crown Point dean unites Franciscan organizations

2012-08-10T10:43:00Z Hiring of interim USF Crown Point dean unites Franciscan organizationsContributed by Trois Hart | Associate Vice President, Marketing University of Saint Francis nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | Two organizations of the Mishawaka-based Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration have come together to appoint Sister Elaine Brothers, OSF interim Dean of the University of Saint Francis Crown Point.

She is currently the Corporate Vice President of Education for Franciscan Alliance, the Mishawaka-based health care system of 13 Indiana and Illinois hospitals, and will now also be responsible for the leadership and performance of the University of Saint Francis Crown Point.

She will manage the ongoing operational, financial and personnel activities of the campus and lead the faculty in all academic matters, including development of goals, policies, strategic planning and evaluation, outreach and partnerships. Special projects will include the implementation of two new associate degree programs in academic year 2012-2013, as well as membership on the University of Saint Francis-Franciscan Alliance Task Force.

Her work with Franciscan Alliance compliments her new university tasks. She works with the corporation’s education directors to provide annual employee training, leadership training and standardization of educational endeavors. She also helps coordinate leadership programs to help Franciscan Alliance employees become better leaders and managers.

She completed her doctorate in higher education at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Mo. Her graduate and undergraduate work includes a Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Science in Education at Saint Francis College in Fort Wayne, now University of Saint Francis.

“The University of Saint Francis is pleased to welcome Sister Elaine Brothers as our interim Dean of the Crown Point campus,” said University of Saint Francis President Sister M. Elise Kriss, OSF. “Her extensive experience in higher education administration makes her a wise choice to lead the campus and facilitate our continued growth in students and programs for the 2012-2013 academic year. We thank her for her willingness to serve the university in the coming year, and we know that her leadership will enrich the Catholic and Franciscan tradition of USF in Crown Point.”

The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.

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