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Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees at the University of Scranton serves an institution that is founded in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition, committed to scholarship, community, and service. The primary duties of the Board include the oversight of the institution’s budget, the establishment of fundamental institutional policies, and the selection and appointment of the University’s President. The Board also sets overall directions and institutional objectives for the University, among other responsibilities. Much of the Board’s work is addressed via several standing committees: Audit, Compensation, Education, Enrollment Management/External Affairs, Finance, Governance and University Advancement.

Current Board Members


Richard V. Baker ‘77

Rick Baker is president and chief executive officer of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association, a nonprofit that owns and operates the Cotton Bowl Classic. Previously, he held athletic leadership positions at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, the Southwest Conference and the NCAA Final Four Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. He has also been a member of the Host Committee for Super Bowl XVL in 2011, the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game in 2015 and for WrestleMania 32 in 2016. Baker was a three-year baseball letterman at Scranton where he earned his bachelor’s degree in management. He earned a master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University. Baker played professional baseball and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, which included a two-year stint in their minor league system. In 2001, he was inducted into the University’s Athletic Wall of Fame.


Tracy F. Bannon ’84

Tracy Bannon is the grants specialist for St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton. She serves of the boards of United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties and the Lackawanna Blind Association. She actively volunteers with Friends of the Poor Family to Family and Saint Joseph’s Center Auxiliary. She is a member of the Sponsorship Education Program for the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Bannon resides in Clarks Summit with her husband, Jay ’83, and their children, Patrick ’10, Charlie ’12, Matthew ’13, M ’14, Maggie ’15, and Kevin.


Linda D. Barrasse, M.D., ‘77

Linda Barrasse is a partner with North Penn Cardiovascular Specialists. She is currently on staff at Regional Hospital, Moses Taylor Hospital, and Geisinger Community Medical Center, all of which are based in Scranton. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Scranton and her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1981. Dr. Barrasse has been a member of the University’s Medical Alumni Council since 2011, and had previously served as a Trustee from 1977 to 1983, as well as on the University Council from 1990 to 2000. She was also the recipient of the University’s Frank O’Hara Award for Medicine in 2002. In 2014, Dr. Barrasse was appointed by Governor Corbett to Pennsylvania’s Organ Donation Advisory Committee. She serves on the board of the Gift of Life Donor Program, and has served on numerous other boards and committees, including Scranton Preparatory School, Lackawanna County United Way, Keystone College, Mercy Hospital-Wilkes-Barre and the Women’s Resource Center.


Judith M. Bavaria G’72

Judith Bavaria is president and CEO of Presby’s Inspired Life, a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry that provides continued care and affordable housing to seniors throughout the greater Philadelphia area. She serves in a variety of leadership capacities for Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare and was named Leader of the Year in 2007 by the Pennsylvania Association of Non-Profit Senior Services. A licensed nursing home administrator and an R.N., Bavaria holds a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from The University of Scranton and is also a graduate of Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing.


David Collins Blake, Ph.D., J.D., ‘69

Prior to retirement, Dr. Blake was a vice president in the Cedars-Sinai Health System (Los Angeles, California), overseeing its corporate integrity program. Dr. Blake also served as an executive in the St. Joseph Health System (Orange, California) and the SCL Health System (Leavenworth, Kansas). Blake has held an appointment as an adjunct law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and as a tenured full professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. At LMU, he served as Chair of the Philosophy Department and as founder and director of its Bioethics Institute. At Scranton, Blake earned a bachelor of science in political science. He earned a master’s degree in philosophy and a Ph.D. in philosophy and ethics at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He earned his J.D. at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. He has served on several not-for-profit boards in Los Angeles, California. In retirement, Dr. Blake continues to teach classes in ethics and bioethics at Xavier University, Cincinnati. He and his wife Sara now live in Lexington, Kentucky.


Patricia Byrnes Clarke ‘86

Patti Clarke is Chief Talent Officer for the Havas Group, one of the world's largest global communications groups founded in 1835 in Paris.Patti is responsible for leading all aspects of global human resources as well as talent and cultural strategy for the group’s 20,000+ employees in over 100 countries.

Supporting the group’s vision to create meaningful connections between people and brands through a truly integrated creative, media and data offering, Patti is a key strategist in attracting top talent to the group while spearheading innovative talent programs that enable employees to live the collaborative culture of “to better together.”

To date, she has launched initiatives on network mobility, high-potential leadership development, global onboarding and global employee engagement, employer branding and most recently programs in women’s leadership development & advancement and diversity & inclusion.

Patti’s experience includes a 20-year career at Dun & Bradstreet, where she was Chief Human Resources Officer for nine years and also ran global internal communications. She led D&B to industry honors as one of Fortune Magazine’s “Most Admired Companies”. Before joining the Havas Group, Patti also ran her own consulting business with a focus on helping private equity backed companies develop their talent management capabilities.


Jacquelyn Dionne, R.N., ’89

A native of Scranton and University of Scranton alumna, Dionne became a registered nurse upon graduating from Community Medical Center in 1986. She received a bachelor’s degree in health administration from the University in 1989. She began her career as a trauma intensive care nurse in Scranton and continued as a cardiothoracic nurse in Boston and the New Hampshire Heart Institute. She recently returned to a medical setting, working as an RN with elderly and Alzheimer’s patients.

She is active in numerous charitable organizations, including having served as a vice president for the National Charity League, Westport Chapter, as well as Horizons Organization of Bridgeport Connecticut, Meals on Wheels and several other nonprofit organizations. Dionne previously served on the University’s board from 2011 through 2017. During that time, she chaired the advancement committee, served on the executive committee, and on both the presidential and provost search committees. In 2015, she was instrumental in the creation of the Kania School of Management’s Business Wall of Fame. In 2013, she and her husband, John D. Dionne ’86, were co-recipients of the University’s President’s Medal, an honor presented by the President’s Business Council. In 2008, the University named its newly created green at the heart of its campus in honor of her and her husband.


Anne L. Drucker

Drucker is the director of global program management at pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer. She has served on the University’s Parents’ Executive Council, and has been an active member of its Scholarship Committee. She has further supported the University’s philanthropic efforts with the Drucker-Dunstone Scholarship named in honor of her parents, William and Shirley Dunstone, and her husband, Steve Drucker. In addition, she and her family are supporters of the University’s President’s Business Council. Drucker received a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Sciences (now University of the Sciences), and her professional certifications include a PMP (Project Management Professional) from the Project Management Institute. She resides in Randolph, New Jersey, with sons Michael, Kevin ’14 and William ’16, and enjoys spending time at her Newton Lake home.


Frank J. Dubas, Jr., CPA, ’75

Frank Dubas recently retired as a global managing partner for sovereign financial institutions at Deloitte, a New York City-based tax, auditing, business consulting and financial advisory services firm. He oversaw a global network of approximately 1,700 Deloitte professionals from more than 100 countries. Previously, he was managing partner of Deloitte’s global structured finance practice. He has been with the company 41 years and was on the board of directors of Deloitte’s Global Financial Services Industry. At Scranton, he received a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He serves on the President’s Business Council and the advisory committee to the Kania School of Management. Dubas is frequently asked to participate in discussion panels including at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting, the European Securitisation Forum’s Global Asset-Backed Securities Conference, the Annual South African Capital Markets Summit and the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute’s Annual Summit. He has also lectured on financial topics at many academic institutions, including Harvard, Oxford and Peking universities.  


Matthew E. Haggerty, Esq.

Matthew Haggerty is the managing director of Elk Lake Capital, the private equity arm of the Lynett-Haggerty family. He is also the CEO of Times-Shamrock Communications and publisher of the Times-Tribune in Scranton, the Citizens’ Voice in Wilkes-Barre, and the Standard Speaker in Hazleton. Times-Shamrock Communications is a fourth generation, family-owned media company. Haggerty graduated from Scranton Preparatory School and earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in business administration from Villanova University and earned his law degree at Catholic University of America. He was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. There, he prosecuted criminal cases and defended government agencies in civil cases. He has served on the boards of several Northeast Pennsylvania organizations, including The Scranton Area Foundation, Northeast Pennsylvania Healthcare Foundation, as well as the board of trustees of Mercy Health Partners, Scranton Preparatory School and the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. He lives in Scranton with his wife Chrissy G'06 and their five children - Abigail, Caroline, Cecelia, Matthew Jr., and Joseph. 


Mary R. Haveron, CPA ’85

Mary Haveron is a certified public accountant and accounting and finance director of Tire Alliance Groupe, LLC in northern New Jersey. She has more than 30 years of experience in the accounting field, including as a principal of an accounting and consulting practice that works with small businesses and serving as CFO at Customized Mortgage Solutions in Old Tappan, New Jersey. She has been active with several charitable and community organizations, and currently serves as a member of the Old Tappan Recreation Commission and its Town Day Committee. A native of Scranton, she received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University. She is a member of the University’s Accounting Department Professional Council where she advises and assists the Accounting Department on various initiatives. In addition, Haveron currently serves on the University’s Parents’ Executive Council.


Philip G. Judge, S.J.

Rev. Philip Judge, S.J., currently serves as Provincial Assistant for Strategic Operations and Planning in the USA Northeast Jesuit Province. Prior to that, he was president of Regis High School in New York City for ten years. Previously, he was the principal of McQuaid Jesuit High School, Rochester, N.Y.; an administrator at the Fordham Preparatory School, Bronx, N.Y.; and as a teacher at Regis High School. Fr. Judge, who entered the Society of Jesus in 1980 and was ordained in 1993, completed undergraduate and graduate degrees at Fordham University, theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Calif., and an additional graduate degree in English at the University of California at Berkeley. 


Timothy J. Kacani ’87

Kacani is the chief operating officer at Atlas Merchant Capital LLC, a global financial services investment firm based in New York and London. He is a member of Atlas’ investment committee and serves on the board of directors of several Atlas portfolio companies. Before joining Atlas, he served as CFO of Lightyear Capital LLC. Kacani is involved with the University’s President’s Business Council and Accounting Department Professional Council. A CPA, he received a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Scranton. Kacani lives in Metuchen, New Jersey, with his wife, Karen ’88, and their three children Katherine, Brendan and Kelly.


Christopher J. Kane ’86

Christopher Kane retired after serving in his family’s business, Kane Is Able, Inc., for more than 30 years. He continues to serve as a board member for the company. He was awarded the Certified Logistics Professional (CLP) designation by the International Warehouse Logistics Associations in 2009. Actively involved with the University, he serves on the Advisory Board of the Kania School of Management and was a past member of the University Council and the Board of Regents. He also serves as a trustee for the Waverly Community House.


William J. Kelley, S.J. ’73

Rev. William Kelley, S.J., was ordained in 1985 and is a member of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus. He is currently a member of the pastoral team at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Washington, D.C. Previously he served as secretary for social and international ministries for the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the U.S. He served six years as provincial assistant for pastoral ministries in the California Province and for 18 years in parish ministry in the U.S. and Chile. Fr. Kelley earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Scranton. He finished his theological studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California and earned a master of arts in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. At Stanford University in California, he completed further graduate studies in political science. Fr. Kelley has also directed Jesuit Missions, Inc., a nonprofit that offers financial support and grants that aid the international works of the Society of Jesus. His first experiences with Jesuits occurred while a student at the University. Since then, he has ministered in Jesuit parishes in North Carolina, Washington, D.C., and Camden, New Jersey, as well as ministering, teaching and studying in Chile.


Daniel K. Lahart, S.J.

Rev. Daniel Lahart, S.J., was elected to serve as the 23rd president of Regis High School in New York in August 2016. Regis High School is a tuition-free, Jesuit college preparatory school. Previously, he was president of Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, Texas, from 2001 to 2016. He began his career in education teaching mathematics at Scranton Preparatory School. Fr. Lahart received an undergraduate degree in finance from Georgetown University and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He also earned a Master of Divinity from Weston School of Theology and a master’s degree in education at Boston College. He entered the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus in 1983. He was ordained in 1994. He also previously served as vice president for finance and administration at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C.


Keith F. Muccino, S.J., M.D.

Fr. Muccino is currently the associate provost for educational resources at Loyola University Chicago, health sciences division; associate dean for clinical performance at Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine and director of its division of continuing medical education. As associate provost for educational resources at Loyola, Fr. Muccino administers and oversees several departments within the school’s health sciences division. In addition, Fr. Muccino helped develop the Center for Simulation Education at Loyola’s health sciences campus. There, simulation-based education is used to promote patient safety. Previously, he was an assistant professor of medicine at Loyola University Medical Center’s division of general internal medicine. Fr. Muccino entered the Jesuit novitiate in Wernersville in 1988. He studied philosophy at Loyola College in New Orleans, Louisiana and received his Master of Divinity in 1996 from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has served on several committees and boards, including at the Stritch School of Medicine, as well as the board of trustees at St. Louis University and at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology.


Liz Murphy ’83

Liz Murphy is chair of the board and chief evangelist for CampusWorks, Inc., a higher education professional services company. She has more than 35 years of experience in higher education, having first served as an institutional fundraiser for both a university and a community college foundation. For more than 21 years she worked at Datatel, an enterprise software provider to higher education, serving in marketing and professional services leadership roles, before advancing to the position of chief client officer there. She then served as chief executive officer of CampusWorks for more than six years.

Murphy serves on the boards of Oohlala, Quality Matters, and the Alliance for Innovation and Transformation. She also served as director and chair of the board of the Lupus Foundation of America, D.C. Maryland and Virginia Chapter.

She is married to University of Scranton alumnus and former University Trustee Justin Murphy ’76.


Kevin J. O’Brien, Esq. ’80

A practicing attorney in the Philadelphia area since 1983, O’Brien is currently managing partner at Marks, O'Neill, O'Brien, Doherty & Kelly, P.C., a regional litigation firm with offices in five states in the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition to his involvement with the University, he serves on the board of St. Malachy School, and is a Hearing Committee member for the disciplinary board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. After receiving his bachelor’s degree at Scranton, O’Brien attended Seton Hall University School of Law. He is a longtime resident of Marlton, New Jersey, where he lives with his wife, Kathy Coleman O’Brien ’81. The couple has three children, Daniel, Colin and Erin.


Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. ’H15

Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., became the 27th president of The University of Scranton on July 1, 2018 after completing his term as president of Georgetown Preparatory School in Washington, D.C. Previously, Father Pilarz served as president of Marquette University from 2011 to 2013, and as Scranton’s 24th president from 2003 to 2011.

During his tenure at Scranton, the University earned national recognition for academic quality, community engagement and student success. He expanded international mission and service opportunities and programs to enhance Scranton’s Catholic and Jesuit identity. He also established dedicated support for research by new faculty. Transformational capital projects during his tenure included: the Patrick and Margaret DeNaples Center; Christopher and Margaret Condron Hall; the John and Jacquelyn Dionne Campus Green; and the Loyola Science Center, among others. The University’s progress was supported by the Pride, Passion, Promise Campaign, the most ambitious capital campaign in the University’s history, which surpassed its $125 million fundraising goal.

As a scholar, Father Pilarz’s research expertise is in medieval and Renaissance literature. His book, Robert Southwell, S.J., and the Mission of Literature 1561-1595: Writing Reconciliation, was published by Ashgate Press. He has also lectured and published on topics related to Jesuit education.

He has received numerous awards for teaching, service and scholarship, including the John Carroll Award from Georgetown University for lifetime achievement and an honorary degree from The University of Scranton.

Father Pilarz earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University; master’s degrees from Fordham University and the Weston School of Theology; and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1981 and was ordained a priest in 1992.


Vincent R. Reilly, Esq., ’80

Reilly, who graduated from The University of Scranton in 1980 and Villanova University School of Law in 1983, has been active in civil litigation in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. On Jan. 1, 2000, along with Tracey McDevitt ’93, he founded the law firm of Reilly, McDevitt and Henrich, where he serves as managing partner of the firm with offices in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. Reilly serves on the advisory board of the Friends of St. Malachy Inc., a nonprofit corporation assisting St. Malachy Parish in North Philadelphia. He previously served as a University trustee from 2011 to 2017 He is married to Eileen O’Neil who graduated from the University in 1982. Four of their five children, Brigid ’05, Peggy ’08, Brendan ’11 and Colin ’14, graduated from The University of Scranton. Their son Tim graduated from the University of Delaware in 2009.


Maryla Scranton

Scranton has had a long and successful career as a fundraising executive for non-profit organizations. She has planned and led annual and capital campaigns that have raised millions of dollars for non-profit organizations throughout the United States. She served as director of development for the University and as campaign director for their first national capital campaign, A Second Cornerstone. In addition, she has been development director at Lackawanna College, Allied Services Health System, Marywood University and The Langley School, in McLean, Virginia. She was vice president of community relations and development for The Mercy Health System, a division of Catholic Health Care Partners, Cincinnati, Ohio. There she established and administered The Mercy Foundation and The Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Institute for Community Health. In 2004, Scranton started MPS Consulting, which has done work for both profit and non-profit companies. She began as a consultant for Parente Randolph Inc., one of the largest accounting firms in the East. While there, she set up a fundraising business for the company. She has served on the several boards including The Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre, Friendship House and the Children’s Advocacy Center in Scranton, and Geisinger Health System’s insurance companies in Danville. She served as board chair of the Penn State Worthington Scranton Campus. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Governors of The Scranton Area Foundation. She has presented at local and national conferences and has been the recipient of several awards during her career.

Scranton is a graduate of Penn State. Her daughter, Brook Coyer ’04, ’G08, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at The University of Scranton.

Scranton is married to the former Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania, William W. Scranton III. They reside in North Abington Township.


Patrick W. Shea '78

Patrick Shea, J.D., is a partner in the Paul Hastings’ Employment Law Department, representing companies on a wide range of employment-related litigation involving benefits, discrimination, claims and wrongful discharge matters. He is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and he was named in The Best Lawyers of America, an annual referral guide published by Best Lawyers, a peer-review publication for the legal profession. Shea is a member of the District of Columbia, New York and Connecticut bar associations and is admitted to a number of federal district and circuit courts. He earned his B.A. degree, with honors, from The University of Scranton. He received his J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 1981.


Anthony G. Simone ’90

Anthony Simone is president and vice chairman of Renaissance Capital, a frontier and emerging markets investment bank based in Moscow, Russia. There, he focuses specifically on the bank’s international footprint and is responsible for corporate strategy, client engagement, regulatory impacts, governance and other matters. He also serves as chairman and CEO of its New York City-based RenCap Securities, Inc., CEO of its London-based Renaissance Capital Limited, and chairman of Renaissance Capital Dubai. Prior to joining Renaissance Capital in 2008, Simone was CEO of Investec Securities in New York. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University and his MBA from Fordham University. He and his wife Kelley '90, G'91 were the inaugural co-chairs of the University’s Parents’ Executive Council, and remain members of the organization. The couple has two children, Anna and Anthony ’17, who is currently pursuing an additional degree from the University.


James M. Slattery ‘86

James M. Slattery, C.P.A., is the chief operating officer of North America for Melrose PLC, a London-based company that “buys, improves, and sells” companies that engage in the manufacture of highly engineered products. Melrose PLC is traded on the London stock exchange. Prior to joining Melrose, Jim was the chief financial officer for McKechnie Aerospace in Placentia, California. Slattery has served as chief financial officer for 180s, Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse and DAP Products, Inc. and controller for Wassall PLC. He began his career with Coopers & Lybrand. Jim received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from The University of Scranton and served as the Chair of the University’s President’s Business Council (PBC) Annual Award Dinner in 2013. He and his wife, Betsy, live in Peachtree City, GA, with their three sons.


Joseph M. Vaszily ’95

Joseph Vaszily is a retired vice president of the Fixed Income Sales/Trading Group with Goldman Sachs and Company in New York City. His focus was interest rate derivatives.  He started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1995 in the financial services practice and earned his CPA before moving to JP Morgan in 1997, where he held various leadership positions and transitioned into a Salesperson in the Interest Rate Products group. Since graduating from the University, Vaszily has served as a member of his reunion committee, a royal recruiter for admissions, a member of the Alumni Board of Governors, executive committee member of the President's Business Council (PBC) and was co-chair for the 2012 President’s Business Council dinner. He officiates NCAA Division I Women's College Basketball, and has been blessed to work the final four in each of the last four seasons (2013-16).  He is active in his parish community of St. Helens and enjoys reading, fitness & travel.  


Robert S. Weiss ‘68

Mr. Weiss recently retired from the position of Chief Executive Officer and President and is a current member of the Board of Directors of The Cooper Companies, Inc. (“Cooper”), a New York Stock Exchange company. Cooper, based in Pleasanton, California, manufacturers and markets specialty healthcare products and has annual revenues in excess of $2.5 billion. During his 41-year career at Cooper, he performed many roles including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Controller and Treasurer.  He also served as President of CooperVision, Inc., a subsidiary of Cooper, which is the third largest contact lens company in the world. In addition, Mr. Weiss is a member of the Board of Directors and member of the Audit Committee of Accuray Incorporated, a global leader in the field of radiosurgery.  Accuray is dedicated to providing an improved quality of life and a non-surgical treatment option using the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System for those diagnosed with certain forms of cancer. Prior to joining Cooper in 1977, Mr. Weiss, a CPA, was an audit supervisor at KPMG LLP, a leading independent accounting firm. He also served in the U. S. Army where he achieved the rank of Captain.  Mr. Weiss was awarded two Bronze Stars and the Army Commendation medal during his service in Vietnam. He and his wife Marilyn have three children and two grandchildren. He is a graduate of the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA where he graduated cum laude in 1968 with a BS in Accounting and in 2008 received the Frank J. O’Hara Alumni Award for management. Mr. Weiss was recognized in CEO magazine for 40 Best Companies for Leaders for four years (2011-2014).  He was honored by San Francisco Business Times, in 2012 as the most admired public company CEO in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He and his wife Marilyn have three children and two grandchildren.


Yohuru R. Williams, Ph.D., ’93

Dr. Williams is a tenured history professor and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University. Previously at Fairfield, he served as associate vice president for academic affairs and director of Black Studies. From 2011 to 2014, he was chief historian at the Jackie Robinson Foundation in New York, New York. In 2014, he was awarded the Fairfield University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Vision Award. Dr. Williams earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and history and a master’s degree in history from Scranton. He received a Ph.D. in history from Howard University in Washington, D.C. His research interests include African American history, civil rights, Black Power movements, African-American constitutional and legal history, urban history and 20th-century American history. He has authored and edited numerous books, including “Rethinking the Black Freedom Movement (American Social and Political Movements of the 20th Century)” and “Black Politics White Power, Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Black Panthers in New Haven.” He has also presented at numerous conferences, panels and public lectures where he has spoken on a range of topics including, “On the Significance of the Civil Rights Movement” and “The Fierce Urgency of Now: Rethinking the Struggle for Human Rights in 21st Century America.”

Trustees Emeriti


Christopher M. “Kip” Condron '70

Christopher M. ‘Kip’ Condron, is a Director of the General Partner of AllianceBernstein and Chair of the Compensation Committee.   He is also a member of its Corporate Governance and Executive Committees.   Formerly, Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of AXA Financial since May 2001, he retired from his AXA positions effective January 1, 2011. Prior to retiring, he was also Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of AXA Equitable and a member of the Management Committee of AXA. In addition, Mr. Condron was Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of MONY and MLOA, which AXA Financial acquired in July 2004.   During 2010, he assumed the additional responsibility of overseeing AXA’s Global Life & Savings and Health businesses. 

Prior to joining AXA Financial, Mr. Condron served as both President and Chief Operating Officer of Mellon Financial Corporation [‘Mellon’], from 1999, and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dreyfus Corporation, a subsidiary of Mellon, from 1995. 

Mr. Condron had been a member of the Board of Directors of Keefe Bruyette & Woods, Inc., a full service investment bank and broker-dealer, since January 2007. He also served as Chairman of KBW’s compensation committee and as a member of its audit committee and its corporate governance and nominating committee before the company was sold.

Mr. Condron has extensive financial services, insurance, sales and sell-side experience achieved from his service to AXA and Mellon, as well as his directorship at Keefe Bruyette & Woods.

A 1970 graduate of the University of Scranton, Mr. Condron was a member of its Board of Trustees for four terms, serving as Chair from 2009 to 2014.  He was also a Director and Member of The American Ireland Fund.


Arthur J. Kania, Esq. '53

Mr. Arthur Kania is a senior partner in the Bala Cynwyd law firm of Kania, Lindner, Lasak & Feeney, which specializes in corporate and real estate finance. Additionally, he is a principal in Trikan Associates, which owns and manages various real estate holdings in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Florida.

In 1998, the university renamed its business school the Kania School of Management to recognize Arthur J. and Angela Kania's lifelong commitment to the University.

Mr. Kania earned his bachelor's degree from the University in 1953 and his Juris Doctorate from Villanova University.