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Villanova Alumni Association Presents First Annual Summit on Leadership Oct. 8-9

Villanova alumni thought leaders from a wide range of fields, professions and industries convene to discuss ethical leadership in these historic times

Rear Admiral Christine Bruzek-Kohler, ’74, commander at Navy Medicine West/Naval Medical Center San Diego, will receive the 2009 St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal

Oct. 5, 2009

VILLANOVA, Pa., Oct. 5, 2009 -- One hundred prominent Villanova University alumni – thought leaders in their respective fields, professions and industries – will convene to discuss the issue of leadership in these historic times at the first annual Summit on Leadership, presented by the Villanova University Alumni Association, Oct. 8-9. “Defining the DNA of Tomorrow’s Leader” is the theme of the conference, which will feature Villanova alumni from a wide range of professional backgrounds sharing their thoughts about pressing issues facing the nation including business, government and health care.

Alumni will discuss how they’ve taken what they learned at Villanova University into leadership roles in their professional careers. In addition to alumni, attendees will include Villanova administration and deans, as well as select students including the president and vice-president of the Student Government Association. The Summit on Leadership will be held at The Connelly Center on the Villanova University campus.

“What makes Villanova University alumni unique is their ability to take what they have learned as students and use it to become visionary, ethical leaders in their respective fields,” said the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., Villanova University President. “The Villanova educational experience encourages the development of a strong, ethical base and a consistent commitment to the larger community. Our alumni continue to be guided by these Augustinian ideals long after they graduate.”

“The Summit on Leadership creates a tremendous opportunity to engage alumni, deans, administration and students, and to pass on critical knowledge and ideas to the next generation of ethical leaders,” added Fr. Donohue.

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 during the conference. This year’s recipient is Rear Admiral Christine M. Bruzek-Kohler, ’74, commander at Navy Medicine West/Naval Medical Center San Diego and the highest-ranking member of the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps.

Paul A. Tufano, Esq. ’83, ’86, senior vice president and general counsel of Independence Blue Cross and president of the Villanova University Alumni Association, will open the conference with welcoming remarks. John P. Jones III, ’72, retired chairman of Air Products and Chemicals, will provide the keynote address on the first day of the Summit. Both Tufano and Jones are current members of the Villanova University Board of Trustees. Jay Wright, head coach of the Villanova men’s basketball team, will close the conference with an address on “Attitude and Leadership.”

"The true test of leadership occurs during challenging times,” said Tufano. “One of the things Villanova does really well is develop the qualities of leadership in all of its graduates. Over these two days, our goal is to develop dialogue that will change conventional knowledge of leadership."

Other key alumni scheduled to speak include Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Diana K. Sugg, ’87; Steven J. Christini, ’95, president of Philadelphia-based Christini Technologies; James W. Brown, Esq. ’73, chief of staff for U.S. Senator Robert Casey of Pennsylvania and the Rev. Gary N. McCloskey, O.S.A., ’73, executive director of Way of Life Center, who will open the second day with his keynote address, “Unitas, Veritas, Caritas: An Augustinian Leadership Imperative.”

Following are highlights of the Summit on Leadership:

Thursday, October 8
12:00 - 1:15 PM

Welcome and Opening Remarks: Paul Tufano, ’83, ‘86

Keynote Address: John P. Jones III, ‘72
“Leading Today in a Changing World”

1:15 - 1:45 PM Plenary Panel Discussion
“The Challenges of Leadership: Where Are We Today—How Did We Get Here?”
2:00 - 2:45 PM Break Out Session #1
America’s Healthcare: Getting it Fit and Fiscally Sound
Ethics, Responsibility and Governance: Where is the Balance?
3:00 - 3:45 PM Break Out Session #2
Government, Education and Public Institutions: Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution
A Changing Media in a Changing World
4:00 PM Tour of College of Nursing and Law School buildings
7:00 PM St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal Dinner
Honoree: Rear Admiral Christine M. Bruzek-Kohler, ‘74
Friday, October 9
9:00 - 9:30 AM Keynote Address: Rev. Gary McCloskey, O.S.A., Ph.D., ‘73
“Unitas, Veritas, Caritas: An Augustinian Leadership Imperative”
9:30 - 10:30 AM “What Lies Ahead for Villanova: Building for a Strong Future”
Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A, Ph.D., ’75, President, Villanova University
Mike O’Neill, Vice President for University Advancement, Villanova University
Ken Valosky, ’82, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Villanova University
10:45 - 11:45 AM Panel Discussion
“The DNA of Tomorrow’s Leaders-Where Do We Go From Here?
12:00 PM Keynote Address: Jay Wright, head coach of Villanova University men’s basketball team
“Attitude and Leadership”
1:00 PM
Acknowledgements and Closing Remarks: Paul Tufano, ’83, ‘86

Villanova University, a co-educational Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Order of Saint Augustine in 1842. A premier institution of higher education, Villanova provides a comprehensive education rooted in the liberal arts; a shared commitment to the Augustinian ideals of truth, unity and love; and a community dedicated to service to others. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered through the University’s 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.