Franciscan School of Theology – Presidential Search

The Board of Trustees and the Board of Regents of the Franciscan School of Theology invite applications and nominations for the position of President, beginning July 1, 2016.

FST is a Graduate School of Theology in the Roman Catholic Church that recently has relocated to Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, California, and has developed a strong, vibrant affiliation with the nearby University of San Diego (USD). FST offers Master’s Degrees in Theological Studies (MTS) and Divinity (M.Div.) within the Franciscan tradition of Saint Francis and Saint Clare. Graduates are prepared for careers in ministry and leadership in the Roman Catholic Church and other institutions, as well as for careers in theological education. Opportunities are provided for both lay and religious students to enhance their knowledge of Christian faith and the practice of ministry.

The Board is seeking a Catholic individual who is religious or lay, female or male, who strongly evidences these characteristics:

  •   Committed to and an advocate for the Franciscan Tradition;
  •   Significant leadership experience in higher education, preferably at a Catholic institution;
  •   Ability to communicate the mission and purpose of FST to internal and external constituents.

    FST is accredited both by the Association of Theological Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. FST is owned and operated by the Province of St. Barbara of the Order of Friars Minor. FST is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of Franciscan Friars (OFM), who oversee the Province, and a Board of Regents, both lay and religious, who focus specifically on the operation of the graduate school.

    Applications will begin to be reviewed in November, continuing until an appropriate candidate is selected. To apply, please submit a Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae via mail or email to:

    FST Presidential Search Committee,
    Attention Ms. Joan Lynn Taele, Secretary to the Search Committee Franciscan School of Theology
    4050 Mission Avenue
    Oceanside, CA 92057


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