Robert Daugherty of Chatham, N.J., a retired partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, was elected chair of St. Bonaventure University’s Board of Trustees June 12.
Fellow Board officers also elected to one-year terms were vice chair Daniel Collins of Painted Post, N.Y.; vice chair Kathleen (Pekar) Colucci of Middlebury, Conn.; and secretary Laurie Branch of Olean.
“Our Board as a whole represents a ‘Who’s Who’ among business, government, non-profit, religious, and educational leadership, and this slate of Board officers is representative of this impressive profile,” said University President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F.
“We are blessed by their service and commitment to the mission of St. Bonaventure University,” she said.
Daugherty, a member of the university’s Class of 1977, has served on the Board since 2007. He served as vice chair of the Board for the past three years under Raymond Dee and was chair of the successful $15 million School of Business Campaign that led to the construction of the state-of-the-art William E. and Ann L. Swan Business Center that opened in 2013. During the past academic year, Daugherty was a member of the Board’s Development and Ad Hoc Strategic Alliance committees.
“Our focus in the coming years will be on trust, transparency, collaboration, accountability and optimism. These are the touchstones to which our board will refer regularly as we oversee the university’s transformation in response to the significant demands and opportunities facing St. Bonaventure and the higher education industry as a whole,” said Daugherty.
Collins, a member of the university’s Class of 1973, is vice president of Corporate Communications at Corning Inc. He served as a trustee at his alma mater from 1998 to 2002 and rejoined the board in 2006.
Collins is a member of the university’s Journalism and Mass Communication Advisory Council and Athletics Campaign Steering Committee and a former member of the National Alumni Association Board.
Most recently, his Board assignments included serving as co-chair of the Enrollment & Marketing Committee and a member of the Athletics, Ad Hoc Strategic Alliance and Student Affairs committees.
Colucci, a member of the university’s Class of 1977, is vice president of Global Sales Transformation at IBM Corp.
A trustee since 2007, Colucci is also a Seraphim Legacy Society member.
Colucci was chair of the Trusteeship Committee and a member of the Building & Grounds, Enrollment & Marketing, and Ad Hoc Strategic Alliance committees this past year. She previously served on the university’s National Alumni Association Board.
Branch is president of Iroquois Group, Inc. She served on the Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2011 and rejoined the Board in 2012.
She teaches in the schools of Business and Journalism & Mass Communication as an adjunct professor and earned a master’s degree from St. Bonaventure in 2004. She earned her doctorate in management: designing sustainable systems from Case Western Reserve University in 2014.
Branch was chair of the Development Committee and a member of the Faculty Handbook Committee this past year. She previously chaired the Enrollment and Finance committees of the Board.
Also at the June meeting, the Board offered its thanks to outgoing members James Cattano, Raymond Dee, Robert Kane, Eugene O’Connor and Fr. Frank Sevola, O.F.M. Dee served as Board chair for the final three years of his 15-year term of service and as vice chair for the preceding three years.
The Board now includes three additional trustee emeriti, all of whom are former chairs: Leslie Quick III, John “Jack” McGinley Jr. and Dee.
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