For Immediate Release
February 17, 2009
VILLANOVA, Pa., Feb. 17, 2009 – Villanova University announced the election of six new members to its Board of Trustees. Richard P. Brennan of New Canaan, Conn.; Nance K. Dicciani, Ph.D., of Fort Washington, Pa.; Darryl J. Ford of Philadelphia, Pa.; Leonard J. LoBiondo of Mountain Lakes, N.J.; Thomas M. Mulroy of New Canaan, Conn. and Boca Raton, Fla.; and the Rev. Bernard C. Scianna, O.S.A., Ph.D., of Tulsa, Okla., joined the 30-member board, effective Jan. 1.
"We are extremely pleased to add such talented and impressive leaders to our Board of Trustees,” said the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D., Villanova University President. “Our Board of Trustees represents a community of alumni, parents and friends that is eager to share its knowledge and experience to benefit the University. We are delighted to welcome these new members, who have a demonstrated commitment to helping Villanova continue to move forward.”
Richard P. Brennan is chairman, CEO and founding partner of Camulos Capital LP. Until 2005, Camulos Capital LP was part of Soros Fund Management, where Brennan served as managing director of the Special Situations Group. Prior to that, Brennan was managing director responsible for Merrill Lynch’s European credit business. Brennan is a member of Villanova’s Parents’ Committee and the President’s Council: Transforming Minds and Hearts. He has a master’s degree in finance from New York University. Brennan resides in New Canaan, Conn., and is the father of Villanova senior Courtney E. Brennan.
Nance K. Dicciani, Ph.D., College of Engineering ’69, is a retired president and CEO of Honeywell International’s Specialty Materials division. She joined Honeywell in 2001, previously having served at Rohm & Haas as senior vice president and business group executive for chemical specialties and director of the company’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Dicciani was named by Forbes magazine as one of “The World’s 10 Most Powerful Women” in both 2004 and 2005. She received an honorary award from Villanova’s College of Engineering in 2005, for her significant achievements in engineering. Dicciani is a member of Villanova’s President’s Council: Transforming Minds and Hearts. She earned her master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia, and an MBA as well as a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Dicciani resides in Fort Washington, Pa.
Darryl J. Ford, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences '87, is head of school at William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia. He has served in this position since 2007 and at the time of his selection was the only African-American head of a Quaker pre-K-12th grade school in the nation. His current position followed 10 years serving as director of the Richard B. Fisher Middle School at Penn Charter. Prior to his tenure at Penn Charter, Ford was headmaster and executive director at St. Gregory Episcopal School in Chicago. He received the Villanova Alumni Medallion in 2007. Ford earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He resides in Philadelphia.
Leonard J. LoBiondo, Villanova School of Business '80, is a private investor, retiring last year from the positions of senior managing director and chief operating officer for Kroll Zolfo Cooper LLC, which specializes in operational turnaround and financial crisis management. Prior to joining Kroll Zolfo Cooper, he was with Arthur Andersen and Deloitte, Haskins & Sells (now Deloitte & Touche). For more than 25 years, LoBiondo has provided professional services to major corporations and middle market businesses, and with more than 20 years of restructuring expertise, he is a specialist in crafting effective, value-enhancing solutions for companies experiencing financial and operational problems. He is a member of Villanova’s President’s Council: Transforming Minds and Hearts and the President’s Forum. LoBiondo resides in Mountain Lakes, N.J.
Thomas M. Mulroy, Villanova School of Business '85, serves as chief executive officer of T-REX Capital, LLC, a real estate investment firm that he co-founded in 1999. Previously, Mulroy was senior vice president of investments at Starwood Financial, Inc. (ISTAR – NYSE: SFI), where his responsibilities included origination, structuring and financially engineering investments in leveraged commercial real estate transactions. Before that, he was senior vice president at Lazard Freres & Co, involved in the origination and structuring of investments in real estate acquisitions and financings. Mulroy is a member of the Villanova University major Gifts Committee, the Villanova Real Estate Advisory Council and Villanova’s President’s Council: Transforming Minds and Hearts, and is a President’s Club Advisor. He earned his MBA in finance from New York University. Mulroy resides in New Canaan, Conn., and Boca Raton, Fla.
Rev. Bernard C. Scianna, O.S.A., Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences '87, is headmaster for Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa, Okla. His doctoral dissertation, “A History of Cascia Hall Preparatory School: A Catholic Augustinian School in Tulsa, Oklahoma (1924-2006),” examines how St. Augustine’s philosophy of education has been put into practice throughout the history of the school. Rev. Scianna received his master’s degrees from St. Xavier University and Catholic Theological Institute, and his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. With Augustinians of the Midwest, he serves as first counselor for the Midwest Province and superintendent of schools, and also serves on the International Commission on Education for the Augustinian Order and on the Board of his alma mater, St. Rita of Cascia High School in Chicago. Rev. Scianna resides at the Cascia Hall Monastery in Tulsa, Okla.
Villanova University is a co-educational Roman Catholic institution founded by the Order of Saint Augustine in 1842. The University offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs through four colleges: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Nursing, as well as the Villanova School of Law. With a total enrollment that surpasses 10,000 undergraduate, graduate, and law students, Villanova is the oldest and largest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For more information see www.villanova.edu.