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Notebaert reelected chair of Board of Trustees

Observer Staff Report | Saturday, May 8, 2010

Richard Notebaert, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, was re-elected for a three-year term at the Trustees’ meeting May 1, the University announced Friday.

Notebaert was a member of the Board of Trustees since 1997 and became chair in 2007. He is also a Fellow of the University and previously served as chair of the board’s University Relations and Public Affairs and Communications Committee.

Douglas Ford was also elected a Fellow of the University at the meeting. Ford is a Notre Dame alumnus who served as a member of the Board since 2001.

The Fellows of the University are comprised of six men and women and six Holy Cross priests. The Fellows elect the Trustees and are responsible for maintaining the University’s Catholic character, according to the press release.

Ford succeeds Terrence McGlinn, who served on the Board since 1994 and was elected to be an Emeritus Trustee at the spring meeting.

Robert Biolchini, Michael Geddes and Thomas Larkin were also elected as Emeritus Trustees.

Four alumni were also elected as new Trustees as the meeting. James Dunne III, Fr. Thomas O’Hara, James Rohr and Anne Thompson bring the board to a total of 49 active members.

Dunne, a Notre Dame alumnus, is the senior managing partner of Sandler O’Neill + Partners. He heads the Executive Committee of one of the largest full-service investment banking firms serving the financial services sector.

O’Hara serves as the president of King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., a Holy Cross institution. He earned his bachelor’s degree from King’s and his master’s degree in theology from Notre Dame.

Rohr, a Notre Dame alumnus, serves as chairman and CEO of the PNC Financial Services Group. Previously, he was elected vice chairman of the company in 1989, a director in 1990, president in 1992 and chief operating officer in 1998.

Thompson is the chief environmental affairs correspondent for NBC News, reporting on issues such as global warming and land usage. She began her career at WNDU-TV in South Bend after graduating from Notre Dame.