The University of Scranton
Office of the President
Scranton Hall
Scranton, PA 18510
(570) 941-7500 



Francis A. Lovecchio, Jr.

Chief of Staff

B.S., The University of Scranton M.Ed., Temple University

Francis A. Lovecchio, Jr. (Toby) was appointed Chief of Staff in 2018. In his role, he is responsible to the University President for a broad and complex set of assignments related to the duties of the President including but not limited to direction and management of the President’s priorities. This includes projects assigned by the President and assisting the President as he undertakes major programmatic, management and administrative responsibilities.

He joined The University of Scranton in 1997 and has served in various capacities within the Department of Athletics. He served as Director of Athletics from 1997-2015. In 2007, he was the Interim Head Coach of Women’s Soccer guiding the team to its first Landmark Conference Championship. Most recently, he served as Associate Director of Athletics from 2015-2018. Prior to his time at the University, he spent eight years in various athletic department capacities at Bucknell University.

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Tara M. Seely

Administrative Assistant to the Board of Trustees
A.A.S, Tompkins Cortland Community College

Tara has been employed at The University of Scranton since 1999. As Administrative Assistant to the Board she is the liaison between the President and the Trustees, prepares, organizes and records Trustee meetings and handles all Trustee matters. In addition to her regular duties, Tara serves as the supervisor to the work study students and graduate assistant, and provides administrative support to the office. A native of Ithaca, New York, Tara received her A.A.S. in Travel and Tourism from Tompkins Cortland Community College in 1994.

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Maribeth Smith

Assistant to the President

Maribeth’s responsibilities include assisting the President in his duties and responsibilities and ensuring that the Office of the President is customer service oriented, organized and efficient. She prepares and schedules the President for events, meetings, communications and travel. In addition to her duties for the Office of the President, Maribeth instructs the Light Weights & Abs Class as part of the Employee Wellness Program for faculty and staff. Maribeth has been employed at the University since 2002.

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