Eighth President Dr. Michael Vinciguerra (10-123.5)

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Descriptive Summary

Collection Title: University Records

Series Title: Eight President Dr. Michael Vinciguerra

Collection Number: 10

Series Number: 123.5

Extent: 2 manuscript boxes, 2 large flat boxes, 5 linear feet

Abstract: The Eight President Dr. Michael Vinciguerra Collection contains material related to the tenure of the eight presidents of the University of St. Francis, Dr. Michael Vinciguerra. It contains correspondence, photographs, reports, and materials related to conferences and meetings attended by the President. It also contains inauguration materials.

History: Dr. Michael Vinciguerra became the eight president of the University of St. Francis in 2002. Prior to being the president of USF, he got his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Iona College in 1966 and his doctorate degree in Physical Chemistry from Adelphi University in 1971. He also completed a program in higher education senior administration in 1999, which was offered by the institution of Educational Management at Harvard University. At the start of his career, Vinciguerra was an assistant professor of chemistry at State University of New York, where he also achieved the rank of full professor. He also served as Dean of Arts and Sciences and Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs; and he was appointed provost and Chief Academic Officer.

During his tenure, the 15-year campus master plan approved, which resulted in gaining of all campus properties from the founding congregation, surrounding properties, and the major renovations in Marian Hall dormitories and Motherhouse. These accomplishments lead to the steady increase of undergraduate and resident students. The largest capital campaign in University of St. Francis history (led by Vinciguerra), which was a fundraiser to bring new programs to campus to make the curriculums better and to bring new faculty positions. The 8 million dollar campaign, Continuing the Tradition- Living Our Mission, was completed in May 2012.

In order to reach out to those that were less fortunate, the Health and Wellness Center was established in downtown Joliet; the Physician Assistant program was developed in New Mexico to serve the Native American and rural poor and the visual arts program was moved to downtown Joliet to allow students to interact with the children in the community centers. During Vinciguerra’s term, the first doctoral programs were introduced; the two programs are Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.).

Vinciguerra was also served on many boards which include the following: Vice-chair for Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Will County Center for Economic Development, Will County Community Foundation, Joliet Area Historical Museum, the Upper Room Crisis Hotline, Chair for South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium, executive board of The Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, and the Board of Directors at Maryville College in Tennessee.

Physical Location: LG12- Section 3- Shelf 3-6; Section 4- Shelf 1

Language: English

Processor: Linnea Knapp, Archives Librarian

Administrative Information

Restrictions on use and reproduction: All rights held by the University of St. Francis. For permission to reproduce, distribute or otherwise use materials, please contact Archives Staff.

Restrictions on access: The collection is CLOSED due to sensitive information. Permission to view collection must be obtained from the Archives Librarian and the President's Office.

Provenance/ Source of Acquisition: President's Office

Scope and Content Note

Types of material: The Eight President Dr. Michael Vinciguerra collection comprises of correspondences between faculty, organizations, and other universities in the Chicago area. There are inauguration speeches, invitations, information and planning materials, booklets and VHS. There are also annual reports, the university planning materials and newspaper clippings.

Dates: 2002-2013

Important divisions: None

Container Listing

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