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Villanova University Announces New Board of Trustees Members

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University has announced the election of three new members to its Board of Trustees. Daniel M. DiLella, Helen Meeks Horstmann, M.D. and Edward J. Welsh, joined the 34-member Board, effective Jan. 1. Mr. DiLella, of Gladwyne, Pa., is President and Chief Executive Officer of BPG Properties, Ltd. Dr. Horstmann, of Rosemont, Pa., is an orthopaedic surgeon with Penn Orthopaedics. Mr. Welsh, of Scotch Plains, N.J., is President and a partner in Adco Electrical Corp.

“We are pleased to welcome these three individuals to our Board of Trustees,” said The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, President of Villanova University. “They are leaders in their professions and communities, and I look forward to having their expertise in guiding the University.”

Daniel M. DiLella, Villanova School of Business ’73, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Philadelphia-based BPG Properties, Ltd., one of the nation’s leading private equity real estate investment fund managers. Mr. DiLella first joined BPG in 1983 and has held his current position since 1990. Under his leadership, BPG has grown to become a national real estate investment fund company with expertise in investment, development asset management and property management. Currently, he is chairman of the Roman Catholic High School Advisory Board, chairman of the Scholarship Foundation for the Union League of Philadelphia, a trustee of the Cahill Trust of Roman Catholic High School and a member of the advisory boards of the Philadelphia Police Foundation, the Committee of Seventy and the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate. Mr. DiLella served as president of the Union League of Philadelphia, and is a recipient of the Saint Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal and the Bartley Alumni Medallion. Mr. DiLella earned an M.B.A. from St. Joseph’s University. He resides in Gladwyne, Pa.

Helen Meeks Horstmann, M.D. is an orthopaedic surgeon with Penn Orthopaedics at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Medicine Radnor, and holds the position of associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at HUP. Dr. Horstmann is recognized as one of the top orthopaedic surgeons in the Philadelphia region and has held positions at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University College of Medicine and Thomas Jefferson University, among others. A leader in the field of orthopaedic management in cerebral palsy, Dr. Horstmann is a fellow and former president for the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. She earned a B.A. in chemistry from Rosemont College and her M.D. from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, now known as Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Horstmann has been recognized for her distinguished service and achievements with a number of awards from her alma maters. She is a parishioner of St. Thomas of Villanova Church, and resides in Rosemont, Pa.

Edward J. Welsh, Villanova School of Business ’66, is President and a partner in Adco Electrical Corp., a full-service electrical and communications services firm headquartered in Staten Island, N.Y. Adco has become an industry leader in the New York metropolitan area over the last 35 years, and offers its services to Fortune 500 companies as well as a broad range of institutional clients. Mr. Welsh also has ownership interests in Scholes Electric and Communications of Piscataway, N.J., Kay + Sons of Norristown, Pa., and J.W. Carrigan of West Conshohocken, Pa. He is chairman of Villanova’s President’s Leadership Circle and a past President of the Villanova University Financial Club. Mr. Welsh is a recipient of the Saint Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal and formerly served as a member of the Villanova School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council. A longtime supporter of University Athletics, Mr. Welsh resides in Scotch Plains, N.J., with his wife Elaine. They have three grown children, two of whom are Villanova graduates.