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University to Welcome New Board Chair, Six New Board Members

When Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Premier Health, becomes the first woman in the University's 169-year history to take the leadership role as chair of the board of trustees on July 1, six new members of the board will join her.

"The University of Dayton is a leader in education, research and living the Marianist principles across the nation and the world. When combined with long-standing success in guiding and inspiring students to learn, lead and serve, a reputation of excellence and achievement has been well-earned," said Boosalis, who will succeed Dave Yeager as board chairperson. "I am honored and humbled to serve in this role and know that the entire Board of Trustees looks forward to working with the University of Dayton family to enhance the work of the past to ensure a bright and exciting future."

The six new members starting three-year terms July 1 are:

  • Nancee Berger, former president and chief operating officer of West Corp., Omaha, Nebraska. Under Berger's nearly 30 years of leadership, West Corp. grew from $20 million in annual revenue to more than $2.5 billion and completed more than 40 acquisitions with investments totalling more than $3 billion. Berger also is a member of the Pius X High School Foundation Board in Lincoln, Nebraska. She also served on school board of Marian High School in Omaha, Nebraska, and the advisory board for the Jeffery S. Raikes School for Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She brings the perspective of a recent parent as she has children who graduated from UD in 2017 and 2019.
  • John Foy ('89, B.A. political science), president of the law firm John Foy & Associates, P.C., Atlanta, Georgia. Foy oversees approximately 200 employees and 50 diverse attorney teams. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, American Bar Association, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, American Association of Justice, Atlanta Bar Association and the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. Foy also is a Cristo Rey Corporate Partner. He also is the parent of a current student at the University.
  • Bill Klesse ('68, B.S. chemical engineering), former chairman of the board of Valero Energy Corporation. Klesse joined Diamond Shamrock, now Valero, in 1969 as a junior process engineer and climbed the managerial ranks in engineering, petrochemical feedstocks, planning, and development and marketing until his retirement in 2014. Klesse's other roles included vice president of logistics and strategy, director of corporate development, vice president of planning and development, group vice president of planning and public affairs and chief operating officer. He now lives in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Michelle Mathile ('15, B.A. sociology), trustee and secretary of the board of the Mathile Family Foundation, Dayton, Ohio, and vice chairwoman of The Glen, a life-changing campus providing resources, tools and support for single mothers with young children based in Dayton. Mathile's leadership has helped more than 48 single mothers realize their educational dreams and launch successful careers. A recent alumna, she has two current students at UD.
  • Deb Tobias ('73, B.S. secondary education), former European sales operations director for Juniper Networks and member of the board of directors of IU Health Foundation. After three years as an English teacher in a Catholic high school in Indianapolis, Tobias moved into the sales field, with more than 25 years as regional sales manager for Random House Publishing Company's Educational Division, Infotron Systems and Cisco, in addition to Juniper.
  • Bro. Ed Violett, S.M., Ph.D; provost and vice president for academic affairs at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Prior to his present position, Bro. Violett served as the assistant general for temporalities for the Society of Mary in Rome, director of the Graduate International Relations Program at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas; and the associate regional superior for the Marianists in India. He also is serving his second term as a regent for Chaminade University in Honolulu.

"I am excited to work with a highly accomplished and talented group on the opportunities and challenges before us," University of Dayton President Eric F. Spina said. "They are very committed to the University and passionate about our students.

"I am grateful for their willingness to guide and support the University in our aspirations."

In addition to Yeager, three other board members will conclude their terms June 30 — Rick Pfleger, Dennis Marx and Kevin Crotty.

Click here for a complete list of University of Dayton board members.

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