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The Sisters of St. Francis Endowed Chair in Franciscan Integration was established to deepen the understanding of Lourdes University as a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis. As the University carries forward the mission and heritage of its sponsor, it is imperative that knowledge of and reflection on the traditional four core Franciscan values – contemplation, conversion, minority, and poverty – and their current embodiment of the four core values of Lourdes University - community, learning, reverence, and service – be integrated into the curriculum life of the University in meaningful ways. The Endowed Chair in Franciscan Integration has been established to encourage faculty to seek ever new ways to deepen the Franciscan character of educational experiences.
Dr. Patricia K. O’Connell will serve as the endowed chair for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Dr. Pat O’Connell has been Associate Professor of Graduate Leadership Studies at Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio since 2001. Her academic and research focus is leadership and organizational development. She holds a B.S. in Business from Miami University; M.B.A. in Marketing and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Human Resources Development from University of Toledo. Dr. O’Connell began her career in marketing research at NFO Research, where she served as Vice President Information Systems, and Vice President Interviewing Services. As President of her own consulting firm, then Principal with Frank Lynn & Associates in Chicago, she has worked with businesses and social service agencies in every industry to facilitate strategic planning processes and build high performance leadership teams.
During her time as chair, Dr. O’Connell will focus on:
Pat O'Connell, Ph.D.
Endowed Chair in Franciscan Integration, 2012-2013
First Annual Sisters of St. Francis Franciscan Integration Lecture: "If Necessary, Use Words"
Highlighting Lourdes faculty stories and work in promoting and modeling Franciscan values across academic disciplines
Watch the 2013 lecture
For information about Lourdes University Endowed Chairs:
Director of Development and Annual Fund
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