Duquesne Names Vice President for Mission and Identity
The Rev. Ray French, C.S.Sp., has been named vice president for mission and identity at Duquesne University, effective Monday, July 1. French will succeed the Rev. James P. McCloskey, C.S.Sp., who has been appointed the new president of Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Philadelphia.
French has served as University chaplain and director of Spiritan Campus Ministry at Duquesne University since 2000.
Founded in 1997, the Office of Mission and Identity maintains and promotes the Catholic and Spiritan mission of Duquesne University and the values it embraces. Through collaborative efforts, the office engages Duquesne students, faculty, administration, staff, alumni and board members to understand the religious identity of the University and its commitments.
Under French's direction, Spiritan Campus Ministry expanded its ministry programs, strategically enhancing outreach across campus, the nation and the world. He and the campus ministry staff have helped to create a vibrant Catholic liturgical life on Duquesne's campus and have built an atmosphere of genuine welcome to all, regardless of faith. Under French's leadership, Spiritan Campus Ministry has also become a focus for community service experiences, including cross-cultural mission trips to Florida, Appalachia, New Orleans and the Dominican Republic as well as other outreach opportunities.
A dedicated member of the University community since 1993, French came to Duquesne to study formative spirituality. While earning his master's degree, he worked part time as a campus minister. After graduating, French became a full-time campus minister and assistant University chaplain.
Prior to coming to Duquesne, French did missionary work among the Masai in Tanzania for three years and also worked in the United Kingdom in its Housing Department, specializing in the care of the homeless.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.