The Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities (AFCU) has appointed Debi Haug as its executive director for mission. She will be based at Neumann University, one of 24 colleges that are members of the organization.
Haug has 18 years of experience in Catholic ministry, including:
- campus minister at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore.
- campus minister and wedding coordinator at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind.
- campus minister for Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.
- campus minister at Ball State University Newman Center and University Parish at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.
After graduating with a B.A. in Pastoral Leadership from Marian University, a Franciscan institution in Indianapolis, Haug served as a youth minister for the Jesuit Retreat Program in Milford, Ohio.
Her post-graduate education includes courses in Theological Studies at St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana and current matriculation in a Certificate in Franciscan Studies at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill.
“I feel honored to have been chosen,” said Haug, “and am eager to collaborate with the Board of the AFCU to enhance the mission effectiveness of the organization and its member colleges and universities.”
The executive director for mission works with the AFCU leadership to set mission-related priorities for the organization and offer services that will support mission programs to member institutions. Haug will also play a lead role in budget management, communication, and coordination of the annual presidents’ meeting.
Founded in 1997, the AFCU seeks to nurture a community of academic institutions committed to the Catholic and Franciscan spiritual and intellectual traditions and to promote scholarship and curricula that, in keeping with the vocations of Saints Francis and Clare, address the needs of the poor, attend to the environment, and promote peace.