In 1974, the school was a “typical Catholic college,” suffering from cultural and financial upheavals. But new leadership, then took the opportunity “to step out in faith, and do something radical – because a radical solution was needed.”
That leader took a leap of faith to renew the school’s Catholic identity and set out to “make Jesus Christ the Lord of the campus in every aspect.”
I’ve been to that school. It is so easy to imagine it as a no-nothing bump on a hill not making much of a difference. But, today, that is certainly not the way of Franciscan University of Steubenville and definitely was not the way of that leader, Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR.
Recently, FUS announced that its chancellor and past president Father Michael Scanlan will be retiring on June 30, 2011. When we retire, may we all be creditied with thinking so boldly and setting such clear direction.