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Villanova University Announces New Board of Trustees Members

Jan. 5, 2010

VILLANOVA, Pa., Jan. 5, 2010 – Villanova University announced the election of four new members to its Board of Trustees. The Rev. Paul W. Galetto, O.S.A., Ph.D., of Richland, N.J.; Mary Naylor, Ph.D., of Newtown Square, Pa.; James V. O’Donnell of Wayne, Pa.; and Joseph V. Topper, Jr., of Bethlehem, Pa., joined the 32-member Board, effective Jan. 1.

“We are delighted to add such an impressive group of 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 committed to helping Villanova continue to move forward. We are happy to welcome these four new members and eager for them to share their knowledge and experience with the University.”

The Rev. Paul W. Galetto, O.S.A., Ph.D., College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ’78, ’85, is the president of St. Augustine College Preparatory School in Richland, N.J. He has served in this position since 1998, and previously held the positions of teacher, assistant administrator and director of development and recruitment at St. Augustine Prep. Father Galetto has been an adjunct professor at Villanova University and Catholic University of America, and from 2007-09 served as executive director of the Augustinian Secondary Education Association. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for Merrimack College and Malvern (Pa.) Preparatory School, and is on the Board of Directors for the Galetto Foundation. Father Galetto is the author of the 1996 book, Building the Foundations of Faith. He resides in Richland, N.J.

Mary D. Naylor, Ph.D., RN, College of Nursing ’71, is the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and Director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing. Since 1990, Naylor has led a program of research designed to improve the health care and outcomes of chronically ill adults. She is also the national program director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-sponsored Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative. In 2005, Naylor was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine (IOM) and she is currently a member of the IOM Roundtable for Evidence-Based Medicine and the IOM Board on Health Care Services. She is also a member of the RAND Health Board and the National Quality Forum Board of Directors. Naylor resides in Newtown Square, Pa.

James V. O’Donnell, Villanova School of Business ‘63, is the CEO of American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. He has served as the company’s CEO and a member of the Board of Directors since 2000. O’Donnell held several positions prior to joining American Eagle Outfitters, including chief operating officer of Lyte, Inc., director of merchant banking for Colmen Capital Advisors, Inc., and project consultant for the C. Everett Koop Foundation. From 1992-97, O’Donnell was an owner and CEO of Computer Aided Systems, Inc. He also held several executive positions at The Gap, Inc. From 1987-92, he was a member of the Board of Directors, executive vice president and chief operating officer, and from 1989-90, he served as chief financial officer. O’Donnell is a former member of the Board of Consultors for the Villanova University College of Nursing. He resides in Wayne, Pa.

Joseph V. Topper, Jr., Villanova School of Business ’77, is owner and president of Lehigh Gas Corporation, a wholesale distributor and retailer of petroleum products for ExxonMobil, Shell, Valero and BP that markets in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Ohio and Massachusetts. Previously he worked for American Can Company, where he held positions varying from financial analyst to controller, metal packaging. He has also served as senior accountant for Coopers and Lybrand. Topper had served for 20 years on the Board of Trustees of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, and currently serves on the Board for PBS 39, Public Television; is a member of the Allentown Central Catholic High School Advisory Board; and is on the Team Capital Bank Managing Board of Directors. Topper resides in Bethlehem, Pa.

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