Fr. Mark Poorman
Fr. Mark Poorman
Holy Cross Father Mark Poorman has been selected to serve as the 20th president of the University of Portland. D. Allen Lund, chairman of the University’s board of regents, made the announcement over the weekend.
Father Poorman – now serving as executive vice president at UP – will succeed Father William Beauchamp, who will step down at the end of the 2013-'14 academic year. Father Beauchamp has served as UP president since 2003.
“We believe Father Poorman is the ideal person to build upon the foundation laid by Father Beauchamp and his predecessors,” said Thomas Arndorfer, a university regent and chair of the presidential search committee. “He will guide the university forward while remaining true to our mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership.”
A 14-member committee of UP community members conducted the presidential search, which included meetings with the committee as well as faculty members, administrators, students and alumni.
Father Poorman, 59, has held his current position as executive vice president since 2011, overseeing the divisions of university operations, financial affairs, university relations and student affairs. He also serves as a professor of theology and pastoral resident of Schoenfeldt Hall. Prior to arriving in Portland, he served as vice president for student affairs at the University of Notre Dame for more than a decade.  

Raised in Phoenix, Ariz., Bakersfield, Calif., and Springfield, Ill., his father was the founding president of Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield in 1967. He has described those early years as formative, helping to shape his belief in the value of education.

He holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Illinois, a master's of divinity from the University of Notre Dame and a doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif. Ordained in 1982, he is an expert in moral theology and its pastoral implications. He has written and lectured on health care ethics, character ethics, pastoral ministry, sexuality, student life in higher education, and Catholic higher education.  
Father Poorman will serve as president-elect while Father Beauchamp completes his tenure.