May 22: A Message from the Board Chair

TO: SJU Community
FROM: James M. Norris ’85, Chair, Board of Trustees
RE: A Message from the Board Chair
DATE: May 26, 2022 at 2:40 p.m.

Dear Members of the SJU Community,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce the formation of the search committee for the next president of Saint Joseph’s University. Along with the trustee members, the committee is broadly representative of the SJU community. I am grateful to these individuals for their commitment to this critical process. It will entail a significant amount of time over the next several months to ensure that Saint Joseph’s finds the right person to lead the University in the next chapter of its storied history.

James M. Norris ’85, MBA
Chair, Search Committee
Chair, Board of Trustees
Retired Managing Director, Vanguard International

Jill R. Bodensteiner, JD, MBA
Vice President and Director of Athletics

Eileen K. Cardile ’87, ’91 (MS)
Member, Board of Trustees
Senior Consultant, Numerof & Associates

Brian Duperreault ’69, H’08
Member, Board of Trustees
Retired Executive Chairman, American International Group

Michael J. Hagan ’85
Member, Board of Trustees
Co-Chair, SOAR (The Campaign for Saint Joseph’s University)
Managing Partner, Hawk Capital Partners

Michael C. Hemsley ’72, JD
Member, Board of Trustees
Senior Advisor, Juniper Advisory

Margaret K. Hondros H’16, MBA
Member, Board of Trustees
Co-Chair, SOAR (the Campaign for Saint Joseph’s University)
Co-Founder, Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support

Daniel R.J. Joyce, S.J. ’88
Vice President for Mission and Ministry
Director, Alliance for Catholic Education at SJU
Adjunct Professor, Theology and Religious Studies

Susan LaMonica P’20, MBA
Member, Board of Trustees
Chief Human Resource Officer, Citizens Financial Group

Amy Lipton, PhD, CFA
Professor of Finance

Eric Pelletier, PT, DPT
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., PhD
Member, Board of Trustees
President Emeritus, Fairfield University

Raymond G. Washington, Jr. ’91, MD, FACS
Member, Board of Trustees
General Surgeon, Pinehurst Surgical Clinic P.A.

Olivia Wojtowicz ’23
Student (Psychology)

Jack D. Zook ’71, CPA/PFS, MBA
Member, Board of Trustees
Professor Emeritus, La Salle University
Managing Director, Zook Dinon PA

In the coming weeks, the University will retain a search firm to assist in conducting a national search. A presidential search website will be created in order to keep the community informed of the committee’s progress and will serve as one of several fora for members of the community to provide feedback.

As I emphasized in my note to you earlier this month, Dr. Reed and his leadership team have positioned the University exceptionally well for future success. It is critical that we continue this momentum and proceed expeditiously, yet thoroughly, to find our next president. The committee, with input from members of the broader University community, will seek a candidate who will continue to provide the bold, strategic leadership that Dr. Reed has provided during his tenure on Hawk Hill. During this search process, I will be as transparent and informative as possible while honoring the essential need for confidentiality.

You have my best wishes for a restful and enjoyable summer.


Jim Norris signature

James M. Norris ’85
Chair, Board of Trustees