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Board of Trustees Meeting Held June 1

Friday, Jun. 8, 2012
Board of Trustees Meeting Held on June 1

On June 1, the Board of Trustees held their spring meeting on campus and approved a variety of actions that affect the life of our campus.

Five new trustees with exceptional experience and a long history of dedication and loyalty to Santa Clara were voted to the board. Kristi M. Bowers '90, MBA '97, Howard S. Charney, MBA '73, J.D. '77, Mary Mathews-Stevens ’84, Jeffrey A. Miller '73, MBA '76, and Betsy S. Rafael ’83 will join the 40 current trustees. We are honored to welcome the new members of the board and grateful for their commitment to serve. 

The board also voted for new corporate officers, reelecting both Bob Finocchio as chair and Peggy Bradshaw as vice chair. Other officers elected include Larry Sonsini (Secretary), John Ottoboni (Assistant Secretary), Molly McDonald (Assistant Secretary), Jack Lewis (Treasurer), Bob Warren (Assistant Treasurer) and Harry Fong (Assistant Treasurer).

In other actions, the board approved a proposal from the School of Engineering for a new master’s degree and a new academic department in BioEngineering. Implementation is planned for fall 2012. The board also approved the 2012 honorary degree recipients and commencement speaker for this year’s commencement exercises. Michael J. Buckley, S.J. and Mary Somers Edmunds will receive honorary degrees and Steve Wozniak will deliver the commencement address as well as receive an honorary degree.

Mick McCarthy, S.J., Executive Director of the Ignatian Center, returned to the board to present his third talk in the three-part series, “Education as Spiritual Exercises.” In response to a request from the trustees for an update on athletics, Dan Coonan, Athletic Director, briefed trustees on the mission, structure, budget, facilities and student involvement in the athletics program.

The Faculty Senate Council president-elect Barbara Molony and Associated Student Government (ASG) outgoing president Courtney Seymour reported on the activities of their respective groups. Courtney introduced to the board the incoming ASG president, Jenna Saso.

Following the business meeting, student leaders joined the board members for lunch. The various presentations, the lunch with groups on campus and other components of the board meetings are all part of an ongoing effort to enrich the trustees’ experiences with the University and the dedicated members that make up our community.  Thank you to all who played a part in making the meeting a great success. 


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