President's Business Council
PBC eNews
January 2012


Welcome to the inaugural edition of the PBC newsletter!  Our newsletter is designed to provide quarterly updates on the activities of the PBC as well as some brief highlights on recent University news and events.  Our target audiences for distribution are current PBC members, friends of the PBC, and prospective PBC members.  We welcome your feedback on items that you would like us to include in future editions.

Over the past few months, the staff additions to the PBC Office have allowed us to take some time to evaluate our strategic plan and to lay out the responsibilities and procedures for accomplishing our PBC objectives.  We will continue to keep you informed of our progress as we move further into the year.

On behalf of all of us at the University, we wish you and your families continued happiness throughout 2012!   – Tim Pryle ’89, Executive Director

Annual Award Dinner

The PBC celebrated its milestone 10th anniversary Annual Award Dinner on October 6.  This year’s Honoree was Mary Beth Farrell ’79, current PBC Chair and former Executive Vice President of AXA Equitable.  The gala was another magnificent evening with over 500 people in attendance and $ 1 million raised for the Presidential Scholarship Endowment Fund.  This was also the inaugural dinner for University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., who was overjoyed with the entire evening and thanked Mary Beth for her tireless commitment to Scranton.  (The entire post-dinner press release is available at this link.)

The Eleventh Annual Award Dinner will be held on October 4, 2012 at The Pierre Hotel in New York City.  At this year's dinner we will honor The Lynett & Haggerty Families, owners of Times-Shamrock Communications, based in Scranton.  In Honoring The Lynett & Haggerty Families, the PBC will present siblings Cecelia Lynett Haggerty, Edward J. Lynett Jr. '65, George V. Lynett Sr., Esq. MBA '71, and William R. Lynett '72 with the President's MedalAdditional information on this year's dinner will follow in the coming months.

Additions to the PBC Office

This fall, the PBC Office completed its staff expansion with the hiring of Michele Minora Felins as the PBC Program Manager.  In her role, Michele will help with all of the various programming elements: event planning, membership prospecting, website maintenance, and assisting with the mentoring and internship programs of the Kania School of Management.  She will also provide assistance with the Annual Award Dinner.

Earlier this year, Paul Colaiezzi ’86 became the Director of PBC Membership.  Paul joined the University’s Development Office in 2006.  This new position allows him to focus full-time on our current and prospective members as we continue to engage more alumni in the objectives of the PBC.  If you would like to recommend a potential member for consideration, please email Paul (

Internship/Job Opportunities

The PBC is committed to increasing the internship and career opportunities for our Kania School of Management students.  PBC members have been extremely supportive of these efforts in the past.  As we seek to move forward with additional placements for our students, we would appreciate your assistance.  We have attached the Internship Information Form for your reference.  If you are not in a position to hire, we ask for any assistance that you could provide with the hiring process in your company.  Please reach out to Michele Felins ( if you have any open positions for which you can consider a Scranton student.

PBC Member Footnotes

George F. Evans ’82, Managing Director of Business Development for GlobeOp Financial Services, was the Keynote Speaker at the Kania School of Management’s Business Expo Dinner on September 29.

Susan St. Ledger ’86, Senior Vice President, Vertical Industry Sales at, was listed among “The Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business” by the San Francisco Business Times.

Paul M. Montrone, Ph.D., ’62, Chairman of Perspecta Trust, was on campus on December 1 to speak to the juniors and seniors in the Business Leadership Program.

James F. Mullery Jr. ’86 was recently promoted to President of Security Benefit Distributors, a unit of the Security Benefit holding company.

Gerard R. Roche '53, Senior Chairman of Heidrick & Struggles, Inc., was mentioned in the biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.  According to the book, when Apple was in need of a new CEO, Jobs "enlisted Gerry Roche, a gregarious corporate headhunter..." (p. 149)

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March 21, 2012  -  New York, NY  -  Networking Reception with Students

April 26, 2012  -  Boston, MA  -  Networking Reception with Students

May TBD  -  New York, NY  -  President's Medal Recipients' Reception (Dinner Kick-off)

June TBD  -  Philadelphia, PA  -  "Meet the Honoree" Reception

June TBD  -  Scranton, PA  -  "Meet the Honoree" Reception

October 2, 2012  -  Scranton, PA  -  Kania SOM Business Recruiting Expo

October 4, 2012  -  New York, NY  -  Eleventh Annual Award Dinner

October TBD  -  Philadelphia, PA  -  Networking Reception with Students

November TBD  -  Washington, D.C.  -  Networking Reception with Students

Dates will be confirmed when finalized and formal invitations will be mailed for each event.

University News

-  Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., was inaugurated as 25th President of the University on September 16.  (Inauguration press release is available here.)  (For the complete Inauguration web site, click here.)

-  Pilarz Hall dedication was held on November 18.  (The dedication press release is available here.)  (To watch the video of the dedication, click here.)

-  Nobel Prize winner John F. Nash, Jr., Ph.D., subject of the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind, was the Guest Speaker at the annual Harry Mullin, M.D., Memorial Lecture.  (For more details, click here.)

Princeton Review ranked the Kania School of Management among the “Best 294 Business Schools.”  (The University’s press release is available here.)

-  The University announced the establishment of The Jesuit Center and named its Founding Executive Director.  (The announcement is available here.)

President’s Business Council Office 

Tim Pryle ’89
Executive Director
O’Hara Hall 503

Paul Colaiezzi ’86
Director of Membership
O’Hara Hall 507