New VP for Mission and Identity Joins University

Monday, July 21, 2008

Saint Joseph’s has named E. Springs Steele, Ph.D., as vice president for mission and identity, a post he assumed officially on July 1.

Steele comes to Saint Joseph’s from the University of Scranton, where he served for nearly three decades in a variety of roles, most recently as associate provost, a position he had held since 2005. A professor of theology/religious studies, he also served as department chair and as director of the Center for Mission Reflection at Scranton. As associate provost, Steele’s responsibilities included oversight of faculty development, international programs and services, the University of Scranton Press, the University’s Sustainability initiative, its Education for Justice and First Year Experience programs, as well as contract administration and negotiation with the faculty union.

“At the heart of Dr. Steele’s academic career and service is an abiding commitment to nurturing and transmitting the Ignatian mission across all university constituencies through curriculum, faculty-student-staff collaborations and outreach,” said University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J. “We at Saint Joseph’s are indeed fortunate to have Dr. Steele.”

He received the first Teacher of the Year Award, voted by Scranton’s senior class in 1997, the same year that he was named CASE Professor of the Year.

Steele received his bachelor of arts degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame, where he also earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in biblical studies.

--Harriet Goodheart

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