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Villanova University Alumni Association Convenes Thought Leaders for University's Third Annual Leadership Summit

One of America’s leading authorities on international affairs, Dr. Michael Mandelbaum will deliver the keynote address for the 2012 Summit, “The Future of the American Dream”

Villanova University Alumni Association to present 2012 St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal to Frank F. Boulton ’73 VSB

VILLANOVA, Pa.  – Two hundred prominent Villanova University thought leaders convene April 12 for the University’s 2012 Leadership Summit to discuss “The Future of the American Dream” and how they’ve leveraged their education and experiences at Villanova into important leadership roles. The University’s third-annual Leadership Summit, sponsored by the Villanova Alumni Association, takes place in the Villanova Room of 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 Dr. Michael Mandelbaum – one of America’s leading authorities on international affairs – as the keynote speaker.

Changes in the world’s economy, globalization and emerging markets have created seismic shifts in the American economy and in the workplace. The 2012 Leadership Summit which will explore “The Future of the American Dream,” and examine the implications of these changes and the requirements in industry, business, government and education for the pursuit of the American Dream to remain viable in the 21st century.  

“Villanova University encourages the development of strong, ethical leaders who maintain a consistent commitment to the larger community,” said the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., Villanova University President. “Villanovans take the Augustinian ideals they have learned as students and use them to become leaders in their respective fields.

“Now in its third year, the Leadership Summit has become a great tradition at Villanova. It brings our alumni together with deans, administration and students to discuss the important issues facing our times,” added Fr. Donohue.

Dr. Michael Mandelbaum will deliver the keynote address on April 12 at 1 p.m. The Christian A. Herter Professor and Director of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Mandelbaum is one of America’s leading authorities on international affairs, known for his expertise on the meaning and consequences of complicated global developments and trends. In 2010 Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers." He was also named one of the most influential people in American foreign policy by The World Affairs Councils of America. His new book (co-written with Thomas L. Friedman), That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back, which debuted at #2 on The New York Times bestsellers list.

Other speakers at the 2012 Leader Summit include:

Opening Address:

  • Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75, President, Villanova University


  • Steven J. Andriole, Thomas G. Labrecque Professor of Business, Villanova School of Business
  • Denise L. Devine ’77, President & Chief Executive Officer, Nutripharm, Inc.
  • Ann Diebold, Vice President for University Communication, Villanova University
  • Jonathan Doh, PhD, Professor, Management & Operations, Villanova School of Business. Herbert G. Rammrath Endowed Chair in International Business. Director, Center for Global Leadership
  • Maurice L. Hall, PhD, Chairperson & Associate Professor Department of Communication, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Villanova University
  • Donald Kurz ’08, ’11, President, Keystone Shipping Co., Chairman, Chas. Kurz & Co., Inc.
  • Robert McCarthy ’75, Chief Operations Officer, Marriott International
  • Vince Nicastro, Director of Athletics, Villanova University
  • James G. (Jim) O’Connor ’64, Retired Group Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford Motor Company
  • Mike O’Neill, Vice President for University Advancement, Villanova University
  • William T. Powers III ’82, Executive Vice President, Rolls Royce North America Inc.
  • Ken Valosky ’82, Vice President for Administration and Finance, Villanova University
  • Catherine E. Wilson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science. Non-profit Coordinator, Master of Public Administration Program

During the Leadership Summit, the VUAA will present the 2012 St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal to this year’s recipient, Frank F. Boulton ’73 VSB. The highest honor bestowed by the VUAA, the medal is awarded to alumni who best symbolize the spirit and legacy of Thomas. These alumni are individuals who have achieved a level of distinction within their chosen fields or professions and who have brought extraordinary benefit to the University and their communities.  Boulton’s dedication to the success of Villanova University and the Long Island Alumni Chapter has enabled many students to pursue their Villanova education.

After graduating from Villanova in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance, Boulton started a 25-year career on Wall Street in the U.S. Treasury and MBS bond industry. He retired from Smith Barney in 1994 as senior managing director of the Government Bond Department. In 1996, he returned to Wall Street and served as the senior executive vice president in charge of the Fixed Income Department for Yamaichi America until 1999.

Now in his 13th season as founder and CEO of the Long Island Ducks, Boulton has established one of the most successful minor league baseball teams in the country. He is also the founder and CEO of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs and has owned several other minor league teams.

Boulton is a member of the Villanova University President’s Leadership Circle and the President’s Club. He served as a member of the Corporate Partners Committee of the Villanova University Alumni Association Board. Active in the Long Island Alumni Chapter, he has helped to organize and has been the auctioneer at Long Island Scholarship Golf events, which have raised $67,000 for student scholarships. Additionally, he participates in the Alumni Interview Program by meeting with prospective students. Boulton and his wife, Karen, are the proud parents of two Villanova University graduates, Whitney ’07 and Morgan ’11.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.