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New university president Rev. Dr. Eric Albert Zimmer

About

The University of Saint Francis welcomes you and appreciates your interest. We take pride in our heritage as a Catholic liberal arts university and remain guided by Catholic and Franciscan values. Our goal is to provide students with a vibrant learning environment featuring high-quality faculty instruction and an emphasis on the importance of serving others and the community.

Many USF alumni have risen to the top in their fields in health care, business, education, creative arts, and much more. They stand out as our community leaders in both for-profit and not-for-profit settings and they give of their time to make their communities and the world a better place.

Our most recent Career Outcomes report showed 97.1% of the Class of 2019 are employed, enrolled in additional education or in the military.

Our campus west of downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana, has grown considerably over the years as our student enrollment increased under the presidential leadership of the recently retired Sister M. Elise Kriss, OSF. We have expanded to include a downtown Fort Wayne site, where our Business Center and Music Technology Center sit in the heart of the business community. In the last two years, we have seen the renovation and expansion of the Achatz Hall of Science and John and Toni Murray Research Center – a state-of-the-art facility with multiple laboratories – and the construction of the St. Francis Chapel, both on the main campus. Our USF Crown Point site continues to grow too.

As a USF supporter, you help to continue a legacy of excellence as we guide students to become the best they can be. Our most recent Career Outcomes report showed 97.1% of the Class of 2019 are employed, enrolled in additional education or in the military. This is a strong reflection on the quality of education and the relationships USF fosters within the local business community. We expect USF alumni to continue to be on the forefront of innovation in our ever-changing world.

If you are considering enrolling at USF, please set up a visit so we can get to know you better and share more about the university. Our faculty, staff and students welcome your questions. The University of Saint Francis is a special place, and we hope to see you here soon.

Rev. Dr. Eric A. Zimmer
President

Biography

Rev. Dr. Eric A. Zimmer was appointed president of the University of Saint Francis, effective July 1, 2020. Fr. Zimmer was appointed by the founding Congregation, the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, working closely with the USF Board of Trustees. He succeeded Sister M. Elise Kriss, OSF, who retired after 27 years as president on June 30, 2020.

Fr. Zimmer came to USF after serving as associate teaching professor in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame as well as pastor of Saint Patrick’s Church in Walkerton, Ind. He directed the Mendoza College of Business interchange with the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education. He taught negotiation and business communication and his research emphasis included the adoption of innovation in non-profit organizations and the fundraising practices of non-profits. He has previously worked in higher education at Creighton University and Georgetown University.

Father Zimmer compiled an impressive background of experience and leadership to USF. His body of work includes:

  • Attaché for the Holy See Permanent Mission to the United Nations
  • Founder and Director of Leadership Development at the Creighton University School of Medicine
  • Official of the Secretariat for the Congregation for Catholic Education, Universities Section, the Holy See
  • Trustee, National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing.
  • Trustee, Rudolph P. and Florence Nadbath Charitable Trust
  • Trustee, Loyola University New Orleans
  • Captain, United States Air Force Reserve
  • CEO, Jesuits.net
  • State Chaplain, Knights of Columbus, Washington, D.C.
  • Chair, Media Advisory Board, Georgetown University
  • Chair, Pedro Arrupe Scholarship for Peace, Georgetown University
  • Chair, Speaker Series, CCT Program, Georgetown University
  • Regent, Saint Ignatius High School Board of Regents, Cleveland, Ohio

Fr. Zimmer has a track record of success in fundraising, finance, and investments. He increased Saint Patrick’s Parish revenue by 50% in the first 12 months and developed six- and seven-figure capacity prospects for Creighton University. He also assisted in the design of the request for a high eight-figure gift at Notre Dame. He developed the fundraising arm of the National Office for Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing.

He is also an innovator and entrepreneur who created Jesuits.net, an international online networking and communication tool for Jesuits. He directed a multilevel national research team for Annenberg Public Policy Institute’s multiyear study on inhibiting effects of anti-drug video messages. As Official of the Secretariat, Fr. Zimmer directed Vatican oversight of 1,013 Anglophone Catholic universities, ecclesiastical faculties of theology, philosophy and canon law, and affiliated seminaries – 54% of Catholic worldwide institutions, including 216 in the United States.

Fr. Zimmer holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from the University of Chicago, a M.Div. and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, an M.A. from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. from Loyola University of New Orleans.

Fr. Zimmer has also spent time focusing on international pastoral ministry and service through long-term service in international communities, including Nepal, India, Chile, France and Italy, and in pastoral care with Omaha’s Hispanic community and New York City’s inner city and Ground Zero communities. He speaks five languages. He is also an avid cyclist and professionally trained bicycle mechanic who biked across the United States in 2003 for Project Rachel.