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Sister Elise Kriss to retire from University of Saint Francis after more than 20 years

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – After more than 20 years on the job, University of Saint Francis President Sister M. Elise Kriss is retiring next year.

Her final day as the school’s leader will be June 30, 2020, which will mark 27 years with the University.

Sister Elise shared her retirement plan with the USF Board of Trustees on Wednesday.
“Since July 1993, I have been privileged to serve this wonderful university by working with the board, the campus community and the Fort Wayne community during an era of tremendous change and growth,” USF President Sister M. Elise Kriss said.

“We have collaborated on projects both large and small. We’ve teamed to cultivate growth in our academic programs, in athletics and the arts, and in the addition of many new academic and related facilities that have strengthened the university, allowing it to meet the needs of today’s students. During this time, we have not only remained faithful, but we have deepened the impact of our Catholic and Franciscan mission and values.”

“In my final year as president, I look forward to working with the board and the campus community to begin to implement the new strategic plan to set the best possible groundwork for the university and its future leadership. I also look forward to working with the entire campus community—board, faculty, staff, and students—on all the usual events of the upcoming academic year.”

The Provincial leadership is working with the USF Board of Trustees to appoint the next president.

Among the highlights of President Sister M. Elise Kriss’ tenure at the University of Saint Francis:

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