Development focus sparks new USF leadership roles

June 27, 2013 FORT WAYNE, Ind. - With its focus on the development of a downtown campus and the enhancement of its science facilities, the University of Saint Francis has made key appointments to bring experienced resources to those tasks while providing new support to academic programs, effective July 1.

Vice President for University Relations Don Schenkel will transition to a consulting position with the flexibility to focus upon campaign priorities. Schenkel has served as the university’s development vice president since 2010. He has an extensive career in finance, business and philanthropy in the Fort Wayne area and in Florida.

With Schenkel’s transition, Matt Smith, Ph.D. has been appointed Vice President of Advancement. A native of Fort Wayne, he has served the university for 11 years, and is leaving his post as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences to accept the new position. He will lead the university’s Development and Alumni Relations departments while lending strength to campaign efforts.

Dr. Smith received his baccalaureate degree in English and education from DePauw University, and his master’s and doctorate in English from Purdue University. He previously worked at colleges in Tennessee and Illinois.

With Smith’s appointment, Dr. Earl Kumfer will act as interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Kumfer is professor of philosophy and theology and chairs the Department of Philosophy and Theology. He has taught a variety of undergraduate courses during over 48 years at the university.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy from the Catholic University of America, and a doctorate from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is an ethics consultant for several medical institutions and active in regional academic and youth organizations.

Dr. Adam DeVille will replace Kumfer as chair of the Department of Philosophy and Theology. He is a scholar of Eastern Christianity and responsible for over a decade for the only academic journal of its kind in North America, “Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies.” He has taught at the university since 2007, and has served as director of programs in the Theology Department since 2010.

  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.


Media Contacts

For all University-related matters, please contact:

Trois Hart
Associate Vice President of Marketing
T: 260.399.8050
C: 260.415.2401

Yvonne Schroeder
Director of Communication
T: 260.399.7700 ext. 6413

Sandie Phalen
Director of Marketing and Development
Crown Point
T: 219.488.8888 ext. 5421


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