Dear USF Community:
After many years of service, ministry, and leadership at the University of San Francisco, Director of University Ministry Julie Dowd has decided to relocate with her family to Massachusetts to be close to and support her extended family.
Julie’s last day will be Sept. 30. I will be announcing changes within University Ministry in the weeks ahead.
In the mid-90s, Julie arrived in San Francisco after college to serve as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She first stepped foot on our campus to work at St. Ignatius Church as director of social ministry from 1995–2003. In the years that followed, she worked at the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good in program development, and later at the Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought as associate director. After serving as acting director of University Ministry, she was appointed permanent director in spring 2011.
As a member of the university’s leadership team, Julie has been a passionate champion of USF's Jesuit mission and Catholic identity, finding pathbreaking ways to make our mission radically inclusive and warmly welcoming to members of our religiously diverse community. I am grateful that Julie has prioritized and integrated programs that feature the Ignatian tradition in the promotion of justice and equity — in close collaboration with the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach and the Lane Center.
Julie holds a BA from the College of the Holy Cross in religious studies, an MA in theology from USF, an MNA in nonprofit administration from USF, and a doctorate in ministry (D.Min.) from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. From 2004–2012 she served as a founding board member of the Ignatian Solidarity Network, a national Jesuit social justice advocacy organization.
Personally, I have relied on and benefitted from her wisdom, insights, and professionalism throughout the past six years of my tenure.
We will virtually gather to celebrate Julie’s tenure and her many contributions to USF. Details about this Zoom session will be announced soon. It will also be an opportunity to extend our best wishes to Julie and her spouse, Tim Freundlich, and their two sons, Milo and Gus, as they begin this new chapter of their lives.
In the meantime, please join me in thanking Julie for the dedication and generosity she has brought to her work with faculty and staff, and how she has accompanied our students in exploring faith and promoting justice.
Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.