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Alvernia's Godfrey appointed Exec. Director of Franciscan College Association

Date: 2/12/2010


Alvernia Dean and theology professor Dr. Kevin Godfrey has been named Executive Director of the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities (AFCU) effective July 1. The AFCU is the national organization for Franciscan higher education with 22 member institutions.  Dr. Godfrey will complete his term as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Alvernia in June and will then return to the full-time faculty, where he is a valued teacher-scholar in theology, using released time to perform his AFCU responsibilities.
Dr. Godfrey succeeds Sr. Gabrielle Kowalski, Ph.D., the AFCU’s first director. With Dr. Godfrey’s appointment, the national office of the AFCU will move from Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) to Alvernia, and will continue to support the association’s member institutions.  
According to the AFCU, Dr. Godfrey was selected for the role based his academic and administrative credentials as well as his expertise in Franciscan studies. Click here to visit Dr. Godfrey's faculty web page. As executive director, he will work with the AFCU Board, including Alvernia Trustee Sr. Margaret Carney, president of St. Bonaventure University, to chart the strategic direction for the organization. As an advisory board member and regular contributor for the AFCU journal, A Franciscan Perspective in Higher Education, Dr. Godfrey will continue to pursue his scholarship in Franciscan Studies, while ensuring it informs his teaching on Alvernia’s campus.

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.