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Villanova University Announces the Election of Three New Members to Its Board of Trustees

Joseph P. Campolo, Michael R. Kourey and Susan M. Ward join the University’s Board of Trustees

Villanova University Announces the Election of Three New Members to Its Board of Trustees

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University today announced the appointment of three new members to its Board of Trustees. Joseph P. Campolo, President, Arbor Investments; Michael R. Kourey, Chief Financial Officer, Medallia; and Susan M. Ward, Head of M&A and Commercial Finance-Americas, Shell Oil Co., joined the 36-member Board effective Jan. 1.

“At Villanova, we are fortunate to have dedicated alumni and parents who are deeply committed to the University and its mission,” said the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President. “Joe, Mike and Susan have all experienced tremendous professional success and graciously given their time and talents to further the University. I am extremely pleased to have their experience, knowledge and expertise to draw upon as we continue our work to realize Villanova’s ambitious goals for the future.”

Joseph P Campolo ’90 VSB is President of Arbor Investments, a Chicago- and New York-based private equity firm he co-founded in 1999. Arbor is one of the leading private equity firms in North America focused on investing in the food and beverage industries. The firm has been recognized by The Wall Street Journal and Buyouts magazine for its investing success over the last two decades. Prior to co-founding Arbor, Campolo was Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions for Reyes Holdings, the 12th largest privately held company in the United States. He is an active member of the Villanova community, serving as a member of the President’s Advisory Council and the Campaign Executive Committee for the University’s comprehensive capital campaign For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change. Campolo has served on numerous corporate and charitable boards.

Campolo graduated from the Villanova School of Business (VSB) in 1990 and earned his MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. He resides in Winnetka, Ill.

Michael R. Kourey, is Chief Financial Officer of Medallia, a global customer experience management company recognized by Forbes as one of the top private cloud companies in the world. In this position, Kourey leads the company’s finance, corporate development, IT and real estate functions. Prior to joining Medallia in 2015, he was a partner at Khosla Ventures, which provides venture assistance and strategic advice to entrepreneurs working on breakthrough technologies. Kourey also served as Executive Vice President, CFO and Director of Polycom, a telecommunications company, retiring in 2012 after 20 years. He is a former member of the Parents Executive Committee, a select group of parents who demonstrate their commitment to Villanova through leadership, philanthropy and active volunteerism. He also has served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis, and has lectured at Stanford University, in the graduate schools of Business and Engineering.

Kourey graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree and earned his MBA from Santa Clara University. He resides in Danville, Calif.

Susan M. Ward ’80 COE has served at Shell Oil Co. since 2010 as the Head of M&A and Commercial Finance for Shell’s businesses in the Americas. Between 2014 and 2017, she also held the roles of Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and GP Board Member of Shell Midstream Partners, Shell’s publicly traded MLP. She is currently a Trustee and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Shell Pension Trust, and Chairman of its Investment Committee. From 2007 to 2009, Ward served as Vice President of Upstream Commercial Finance for Shell International Exploration and Production B.V., based in The Hague, Netherlands. From 2007 to 2016, she also served on the Board of Directors of Shell’s Bully deepwater drillship joint venture. Before joining Shell in 1998, she worked as an investment banker in the energy sector for 11 years at Kidder, Peabody & Co., PaineWebber and UBS. She is a current member of the President’s Advisory Council at Villanova.

Ward was a member of the first class of Presidential Scholars at Villanova, graduating from the University in 1980 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. She received her MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She resides in Houston.

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 six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit