Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletMay 27, 2022

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Sister Joan Lescinski Announces Plans to Retire as Head of St. Ambrose University

Sister Joan Lescinski, CSJ, has announced her plans to retire in August 2021 from her ministry as president of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, a position she will have held for 14 years.

In her service in higher education, Sister Joan also has been professor of English at The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY; assistant dean for academic affairs and professor of English at Avila College, Kansas City, MO; vice president/dean for academic affairs and professor of English at Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO; and president and professor of English at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN.

During her remaining year as president, Sister Joan will focus on fundraising, academics and assisting the new president (hopefully to be named by February 2021) in the transition.

The Quad-City Times published the following feature story this morning on Sister Joan’s announcement of retirement:

Sister Joan Lescinski announces retirement as head of St. Ambrose

by Anthony Watt

Sister Joan Lescinski, president of St. Ambrose University, announced Tuesday that she intends to retire next August.

The 13th president, Lescinski has served since 2007, when she replaced Edward Rogalski

“Thank you. Thank you, and thank you,” Lescinski said Tuesday to the university community. “The university welcomed me, a complete stranger — nobody knew me here — the university community and the Quad-Cities community welcomed me as though I were someone who had been here for a long time.”

The welcome meant a great deal to her, she said. She has tried to do the same for others as they joined the St. Ambrose community during the last 14 years.

During her remaining year as president, she will focus on fundraising and academics, she said.

Continue reading the article in the Quad-City Times!