STEUBENVILLE - Franciscan University of Steubenville today announced the promotion of Michael E. Florak to executive director of Community Relations. Since January 2011, Florak has served Franciscan University as its director of Community Development.
In his new position, Florak will be responsible for building and maintaining fruitful relationships between the University and the Ohio Valley community.
He has already done much of that groundwork in his previous position at Franciscan, which put him in close contact with many local and state, civic, cultural, and political agencies and organizations.
"It's been a fantastic period in my life to be back in Steubenville these past 3 and a half years, working at Franciscan University. Hopefully I will be able to continue to help the University further God's mission and our role in our community for many years to come," Florak said.
Among his duties, Florak determines how the University can provide administrative, technical, and financial support to local non-profit organizations and civic causes.
At the University, he directs the activities the University's Board of Advisors, Baron Club, Academy of Lifelong Learning, and the annual Founders' Day Dinner. Locally, he serves on committees for the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, United Way Taste of the County, Trails and Greenways, and Faith in the Future. He is on the board of directors for Brightway Center and Martha Manor and is a member of numerous community organizations.
Florak is a Steubenville native and a graduate of Catholic Central High School. He holds a degree in journalism/public relations and a master's in higher education administration, both from Ohio University.
He achieved recognition throughout the region as the head baseball coach at Youngstown State University for nine years, where his team was Horizon League champion and runner-up, and two of his teams had the highest team GPAs in the entire league.
Over the past 17 years, Florak has taught communication courses at Waynesburg University, Youngstown State University, Penn State Shenango, and Eastern Gateway Community College.