VILLANOVA, Pa., Oct. 5, 2010 – One hundred prominent Villanova University alumni convene Oct. 7-8 for the University’s 2010 Leadership Summit to discuss “Globalization” and how they’ve leveraged their education and experiences at Villanova into important leadership roles. The Villanova University Leadership Summit, sponsored by the Villanova Alumni Association, takes place at The Connelly Center on the University’s main campus. In addition to alumni leaders, Villanova administration and deans will also participate in the event, which features Gen. Anthony Zinni, ’65, USMC (ret.), as the keynote speaker.
The inaugural Leadership Summit, “Defining the DNA of Tomorrow’s Leader,” held during the fall of 2009, earned the Circle of Excellence Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
“The Villanova experience encourages the development of strong, ethical values and a consistent commitment to the larger community,” said the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., Villanova University President. “Our alumni take the Augustinian ideals they have learned as students and use them to become visionary, ethical leaders in their respective fields.
“I am pleased that this Summit has become a tradition at Villanova. It creates a tremendous opportunity to bring alumni together with deans, administration and students, to discuss the important topic of ethical leadership,” added Fr. Donohue.
Gen. Zinni delivers the keynote address, “21st-Century Leadership,” on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. General Zinni’s 39-year distinguished military career has taken him to more than 70 countries and included numerous command assignments at the platoon, company, battalion, regimental, Marine expeditionary unit and Marine expeditionary force command levels. He has participated in numerous environmental security, defense, diplomacy and leadership studies, and has authored several best-selling books, including his most recent, Leading the Charge: Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield to the Boardroom.
During the conference, the St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal – which honors individuals who have achieved a level of distinction within their chosen fields and have given back to their communities and the University – will be presented to this year’s recipient, Herbert P. Aspbury, ’67, the outgoing chairman of the Villanova University Board of Trustees. A member of the Board of Trustees since 1999, Aspbury has also served as vice chairman and as chair of the finance and audit committee. Aspbury and his wife, Victoria, established and endowed a University scholarship in 1991, and in 2006 made a commitment to create an endowed fund to support the Villanova School of Business’s Center for Global Leadership.
Currently Mr. Aspbury is a member of the Board of Directors of Exide Technologies in Alpharetta, Ga., and since 2002 has been an adjunct professor at the Fisher Graduate School of International Business of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, where he teaches international finance.
Other key alumni scheduled to speak include Karl F. Schmidt, ’78, Vice President, Strategy and Innovation, Johnson and Johnson; Justin Knabb, ’05, Vice President and Operations Manager, Specialty Design & Manufacturing Co., and founding member, Water for Waslala; Anthony J. Orlando, ’81, President and CEO, Covanta Holding Corporation; Manuel (Manny) Nunez, ’03, International Marketing Manager, Merck & Co., Inc.; and Catherine A. Tobin ’04, Refugee Officer, Refugee Affairs Division, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.