Rev. James J. Greenfield, OSFS, became the fourth president of DeSales University on January 1, 2018. He is the first alumnus of the University to serve as president.
Previously, Fr. Greenfield was the Provincial of the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, leader of 145 priests, brothers, and seminarians who serve along the east coast. Working as provincial, he directed all human resource and development programs for the Oblates on matters of identity, mission, and trends of vocations, and religious life. He also was an adjunct lecturer at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., The Catholic University of America, and the former Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C., where he taught required courses in human development.
Fr. Greenfield serves on the board at Salesianum School, where he is chair, and Nativity Preparatory School, both in Wilmington, Del. He is also a trustee on the board of Father Judge High School and Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, both in Philadelphia. In 2013, he was elected to a three-year term by the leaders of religious communities of men in the United States to serve as president of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM), representing the nation's 17,000 priests and brothers who are members of religious orders.
Fr. Greenfield earned his bachelor's degree in politics (1984) at DeSales University, a master of divinity degree (1990) at the DeSales School of Theology, a master's degree in counseling (1992) and a doctoral degree in human development (1998) at The George Washington University. He is also a certified pastoral counselor and author of a number of articles on religious life, life-long faith formation and the intersection of spirituality and human development.