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New Board Members

The University of Dayton has named executives from the education, business, health care and media sectors, along with three Marianist leaders, to its board of trustees. The 10 new trustees will serve three-year terms; the 2018-19 board will have 34 members in all, including ex officio trustees.

"We've invested a tremendous amount of time and effort in identifying and recruiting individuals whose skills and expertise will complement those of returning trustees," said Board Chair David P. Yeager. "UD will reap the benefits of these efforts for years to come."

"These 10 men and women bring a diverse range of experiences and backgrounds to the board of trustees," said University President Eric F. Spina. "Some are familiar faces and others will provide new perspectives and fresh ideas to help the University fulfill its mission to become the University for the Common Good. I look forward to their contributions to our leadership team during the next three years."  

The new trustees include:

  • Brother Dennis Bautista, S.M., a professor of communication arts at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, with professional experience as a radio disc jockey, graphic designer and multimedia specialist. He just completed his term as a member of the Provincial Council for the Marianist Province of the United States.
  • John Beran, of Dayton, who has more than 37 years of experience in information systems management, marketing and electronic banking. He is managing director of the Beran Group and senior advisor of banking solutions for The Clearing House headquartered in New York City. From 1995-2011, Beran was chief information officer and executive vice president of Comerica Inc. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from UD in 1974, and a master’s degree in management science from UD in 1979.
  • Ray Blakeney, a director of talent acquisition with Microsoft, who worked with College Access Now, a Seattle-based non-profit that helps low-income students prepare for and earn admission to college. Blakeney earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University in 1993, and worked for UD as an admission counselor. He recently assumed the role of president of the UD Alumni Association.
  • Brother Timothy Driscoll, S.M., Provincial of the Marianist Province of Meribah in Mineola, New York. He has many years of experience working with young people as a teacher, retreat leader and counselor.
  • George Hanley, principal with R2 companies, a Chicago-based commercial real estate firm, and president of the Hanley Foundation, returns to the board after serving from 2008-17. In 2014, a gift from Hanley and his wife, Amanda, established the Hanley Sustainability Institute. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University in 1977.
  • Darlene Gutmann Marlowe, who returns to the board after serving from 2008-17. She and her late husband, Max, were leaders in the Dayton business and philanthropic community; Max and business partner Arthur Beerman, built The Elder-Beerman Stores Corp. Marlowe owns D&G Enterprises, a commercial real estate development business, and manages the Max and Darlene Gutmann Family Foundation.
  • Debra Plousha Moore, principal of Plousha Moore Group in San Francisco, California. She formerly served as system chief of staff and executive vice president at Carolinas HealthCare System (now Atrium Health) in Charlotte, North Carolina, and held leadership positions with OhioHealth, Genesys Health System and Franciscan Health System of the Ohio Valley. She earned a master's degree in education from the University in 1989, and spent 10 years as associate dean of students and adjunct faculty in the Department of Counseling and Human Services.
  • Denise Eder Palmer, who built a 34-year career as a newspaper and television executive, serving as president and publisher of The Tampa Tribune and vice president of news for the Tampa market of Media General Inc., until November 2011. She also held positions at WGN-AM, the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun and ChicagoLand Television. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University in 1977.
  • Father Oscar Vasquez, S.M., a longtime educator at Catholic high schools in Texas and Missouri, who began a five-year term Aug. 1 as Provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States. As Provincial, he will also serve as the UD board's vice chair.
  • Joe Weidenbach, who leads U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management in Illinois. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, he was a senior executive and managing director at J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Chicago and an attorney with Finkel Whitefield & Selik in Michigan. He earned a bachelor’s degree from UD in 1989 and a juris doctor degree in 1992.


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