HOLY FAMILY University announced yesterday that president Sister Francesca Onley will retire in June after 32 years leading the Northeast Philadelphia school.
Onley, who was the longest-tenured university president in the city, was inaugurated as the school's fourth president and chief administrative officer in 1981, the university said.
"I feel so privileged to have been able to play a role in Holy Family's tremendous transformation from a college to a university, from a small, local private school to one with students from other states and other countries," said Onley, a 1959 graduate of the school.
Under Onley's leadership, the private Catholic institution of about 3,500 students achieved university status in 2002 and added a second campus in Bucks County. It also completed several buildings on its main campus in the city's Torresdale section, including the Campus Center, the Education and Technology Center and the Garden Residence.