2019 Laureate: Corinne Francis, MA, MDiv

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Corinne Francis, graduate of Carlow University, 1997

Carlow University has named five distinguished alumni as its 2019 Carlow Laureates, the university’s most prestigious alumni award.

“Carlow Laureates are alumni whose work, thought, and action demonstrate the highest standards of professional accomplishment and leadership, whether it is in their chosen discipline, in academics, or through community service,” said Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, president of Carlow University. “Recipients of this award are lasting tributes to their own professional excellence, the transformational education they received at Carlow, and the dynamic environment which helped to fuel their ambitions and their desire to make a difference in the best ways they can.”

Corinne Francis, class of 1997, is the Senior Vice President for Mission Integration at CommonSpirit Health, a healthcare organization created through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health as a single ministry committed to building health communities covering 21 states. 

Prior to her role at CommonSpirit Health, she served as Senior Vice President at Dignity Health and the System Vice President for Mission Integration and Community Benefit at Christus Health, a large healthcare institution in Irving, Texas. In her leadership role, Francis is responsible for design, development, implementation and evaluation of programs related to mission, core values, Catholic identity, leadership formation, spiritual care, ethics, and community health grant funding. 

She has served two terms as a board member of Catholic Health Association where she chaired the Health Equity and Diversity Committee, and is part of a national think tank with the Ministry Leadership Center Hilton Foundation project and Catholic Relief Services. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in theology and sociology, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Carlow; a Master of Divinity from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and a Master of Arts from the School of Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. She is also an inaugural Cardinal Bernardin Scholar of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

 


Carlow University has named five distinguished alumni as its 2019 Carlow Laureates, the university’s most prestigious alumni award.

“Carlow Laureates are alumni whose work, thought, and action demonstrate the highest standards of professional accomplishment and leadership, whether it is in their chosen discipline, in academics, or through community service,” said Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, president of Carlow University. “Recipients of this award are lasting tributes to their own professional excellence, the transformational education they received at Carlow, and the dynamic environment which helped to fuel their ambitions and their desire to make a difference in the best ways they can.”

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