“May all that we do give glory to God and assist others ‘to be who they are and to be that well.’” - Fr. O'Connor
Father Bernard F. O'Connor has been president of DeSales University, formerly Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales, since July 1, 1999. Prior to that, he served as executive vice president of the College since 1995, after having served as associate vice president for academic affairs in 1993 and academic dean in 1994.
Father O'Connor joined Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales as an instructor in 1974. He served as an assistant professor of philosophy and chair of the Philosophy Department from 1980 through 1987, at which time he was named associate professor and chair of the Philosophy and Theology departments. In 1990, he received the Sears Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award.
Prior to joining the faculty of Allentown College, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in philosophy from The Catholic University in 1969 and 1971, respectively. He earned a second master's degree in theology from the De Sales Hall School of Theology in 1974, and in 1986, he earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from The Catholic University. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1973.
In 1982, he was elected to the 15th General Chapter of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, Paderborn, Germany. He is the author of "A Dialogue between Philosophy and Religion: The Perspective of Karl Jaspers."; Father O'Connor is a member of the American Philosophical Association, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.