Monday July 13, 2009

Seven New Trustees

The University of Dayton has named seven new trustees to its board.

The University of Dayton has tapped professionals from the fields of investment, energy, hospital management and Catholic education for three-year terms on its board of trustees.

The University of Dayton's seven recently appointed trustees include:

• Linda Berning, president and chief investment strategist for Buckingham Capital Management Inc. and president of the University of Dayton's National Alumni Association. She holds a B.S. in finance and an MBA from the University of Dayton.

• Mary Boosalis, president and chief executive officer of Miami Valley Hospital. She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from California State University at Fresno and a master's degree in health services administration from Arizona State University.

• Thomas Breitenbach, chief executive officer of Premier Health Partners.  He received a bachelor of business administration from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Xavier University. He also is a graduate of the professional accounting program at Northwestern University.  He previously served on the University of Dayton's board of trustees from 1996-2005.

• Richard Davis, co-founder and former president of Flagship Financial Inc. He holds a B.S. in economics from the University of Dayton, where he previously served on the board of trustees from 1999-2008, and an MBA from Wright State University. The Richard P. and Susan P. Davis Center for Portfolio Management at the University of Dayton is named for Davis and his wife.  He received the School of Business Administration's Service Leadership Award in 2002 and is currently serving as one of the co-chairs of the University's campaign.

• Bro. Joseph Kamis, S.M., superintendent of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's Catholic schools. He received a bachelor's degree in secondary education from the University of Dayton and a master's degree in educational leadership from John Carroll University. Previously, he served on the board of trustees from 1992-2005.

• Lynton Scotland, vice president of operational excellence at NRG Energy Inc. in Princeton, N.J.  He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Dayton, a master's degree in statistics from Rutgers University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. Since 2004, he's served as a member of the School of Engineering Advisory Council at the University of Dayton.

• The Rev. Rudy Vela, S.M., vice president for mission and identity at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. He received a doctor of ministry from the Chicago Theological Union, a master's in science and administration from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s of divinity from the University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College and a bachelor of arts from St. Mary's University.

"These seven individuals bring a mission-driven focus and strong skills in finance and administration to the University of Dayton's board of trustees," said Daniel J. Curran, president.  "They are exceptional leaders who will help this University transform for the times while strengthening our mission as a Catholic, Marianist university."

The University of Dayton is a top-tier national Catholic research university and the largest private university in Ohio.  Founded by the Society of Mary (Marianists) in 1850, the University of Dayton ranks among the 10 best Catholic universities in the nation.