Point Names Francis as Chief Operating Officer
Publication date: 30 July 2012
Point University has appointed Lance Francis as chief operating officer (COO). As COO, Francis is responsible for establishing and maintaining efficient and effective processes to enhance competitiveness as a part of the growth focused and student–centered strategy of Point University.
He will oversee the areas of finance, business services, human resources, facilities and campus safety. Francis brings an excellent blend of business strategy, project management and hands-on operational experience to the Point University executive team with two decades of management and engineering experience. Francis begins his duties with the University effective immediately and has been serving as program manager for the University’s West Point relocation since May 2011.
“Lance is ideally suited to fill this role, as he is very familiar with the details surrounding our new campus,” said Dean Collins, president of Point University. “He has demonstrated experience in Christian higher education and supports the University’s mission of educating students for Christ-centered service and leadership.”
Francis was most recently vice president and managing principal of the professional service firm Nandina, providing high-value engineering and project management services to a variety of organizations, including Fortune 500 companies. Francis has also served as field chair and assistant professor for the business management program at Cincinnati Christian University for five years. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors for Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (Cincinnati, Ohio) and the nonprofit ministry Auburn Christian Fellowship (Auburn, Ala.).
Francis is a graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in civil engineering with a focus in structures. He received his MBA with a concentration in marketing from the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business.