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Alumnus Takes Helm of Board of Trustees


Board of Trustees Elects Four New Members
and Names New Chairman

Last spring, alumnus John N. Tognino was elected chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, while four new members were elected to serve three-year terms on the board.

“The new members of the board bring to the University a wealth of experience in the field of education and the arts, as well as a commitment to Fordham's historic mission of service to the human family,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University. “I am confident that they will enrich the Board's deliberations with their wisdom and thus enable the University to achieve its dreams for the future.”

John N. Tognino, chairman and CEO of Pepper Financial Group
Donna M. Carroll, president of Dominican University
Gerdenio Manuel, S.J., rector of the Jesuit Community at Santa Clara University
Reynold Levy, president of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Vincent M. Cooke, president of Canisius College

John N. Tognino (ICO ’75), chairman and CEO of Pepper Financial Group and former president and CEO of the Securities Traders Association (STA), has been in the securities industry for 47 years. He spent more than 35 years with Merrill Lynch, and at the time of his retirement in 1993, he was a managing director of global equities. From 1988 to 1991, he lived in London, England, where he served as the company’s managing director for international equities and as a member of the Merrill Lynch Europe and Middle East Executive Committee. In 1986, he was named chairman of the STA, and from 1992 to 1996 he was chairman of the STA Foundation Advisory and Finance committees. Prior to joining STA, he was the executive vice president of capital markets and trading at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. He has also served as executive vice president and head of global sales and member relations for NASDAQ.

Donna M. Carroll, president of Dominican University, served as the University Secretary at Fordham. Prior to that, she was the senior vice president, dean of the college and dean of students at Mount Vernon College in Washington, D.C. Carroll is currently chair of the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, as well as secretary and treasurer of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. In addition to serving on the Advisory Board of the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University, she is a trustee of the Catholic Theological Union and the University of Scranton. Carroll is the first lay president of Dominican University, where enrollment has doubled during her tenure.

Gerdenio Manuel, S.J., is currently rector of the Jesuit Community at Santa Clara University. He is the cofounder of the University’s Arrupe Center, which has become a model for faith and justice community-based learning in Jesuit higher education, and the founding director of the University’s Center for Multicultural Learning. He is also the first dean of Santa Clara University’s new School of Education, Counseling Psychology and Pastoral Ministries. Prior to his current positions, Father Manuel served as Santa Clara’s vice provost for University Programs and Multicultural Education. Before that, he was the director of formation and the director of strategic planning for the California Province of the Jesuits.

Reynold Levy, president of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, has had a distinguished career of public service. He served as the president of the International Rescue Committee from 1997 to 2002, president of the AT&T Foundation from 1984 to 1996, executive director of the 92nd Street Y from 1977 to 1984, and as staff director of the Task Force on the New York City Fiscal Crisis during the administration of Mayor Abraham Beame from 1975 to 1977. In addition to currently serving as a trustee of the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Levy is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Century Association.

Vincent M. Cooke, S.J., president of Canisius College, is the former director of the Collegiate Program of Jesuit Scholastics and the M.A. Philosophical Resource Program at Fordham. In 1991 he was named executive vice president and academic vice president of John Carroll University, and one year later he was named acting president of the University. Father Cooke previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Marquette University, John Carroll University and the University of Scranton.

In addition to the new trustees, the board also re-elected Margaret M. Smyth and John S. Wilcha to second three-year terms, while executive committee member Joseph P. Parkes, S.J., was re-elected to a two-year term.

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