University of Scranton Names New Trustees

Oct 3, 2016

The 10 individuals named to the Board of Trustees for The University of Scranton include seven alumni and three Jesuits, as well as presidents, CEOs, attorneys and physicians, who have served in leadership positions in their fields and at numerous nonprofit organizations. The new Board members are: Rick Baker ’77; Linda D’Andrea Barrasse, M.D. ’77; David Collins Blake, Ph.D., J.D. ’69; Frank Dubas ’75; Matthew E. Haggerty, J.D.; Mary R. Haveron ’85; William Kelley, S.J. ’73; Dan Lahart, S.J.; Keith F. Muccino, S.J., M.D.; and Yohuru Williams, Ph.D. ’93 G’93.

“The depth of professional, business, civic and educational experience of the new members of our Board of Trustees is a testament to the culture of success we will continue to foster at Scranton,” said University of Scranton President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. “The University will be blessed by the guidance offered though the diverse perspectives they bring to our Board.”

Rick Baker ’77

Baker is president and chief executive officer of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association, a nonprofit that owns and operates the Cotton Bowl Classic. Previously, he held athletic leadership positions at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, the Southwest Conference and the NCAA Final Four Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. He has also been a member of the Host Committee for Super Bowl XVL in 2011, the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game in 2015 and for WrestleMania 32 in 2016. Baker was a three-year baseball letterman at Scranton where he earned his bachelor’s degree in management. He earned a master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University. Baker played professional baseball and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, which included a two-year stint in their minor league system. In 2001, he was inducted into the University’s Athletic Wall of Fame.

Linda D’Andrea Barrasse, M.D. ’77

Dr. Barrasse is a partner with Great Valley Cardiology, a Scranton-based cardiac treatment facility. She is currently on staff at Regional Hospital, Moses Taylor Hospital, and Geisinger Community Medical Center, all of which are based in Scranton. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Scranton and her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1981. Dr. Barrasse has been a member of the University’s Medical Alumni Council since 2011, and had previously served as a Trustee from 1977 to 1983, as well as on the University Council from 1990 to 2000. She was also the recipient of the University’s Frank O’Hara Award for Medicine in 2002. In 2014, Dr. Barrasse was appointed by Governor Corbett to Pennsylvania’s Organ Donation Advisory Committee. She serves on the board of Catholic Social Services and the Gift of Life Donor Program, and has served on numerous other boards and committees, including Scranton Preparatory School, Lackawanna County United Way, Keystone College, Mercy Hospital-Wilkes-Barre and the Women’s Resource Center.

David Collins Blake, Ph.D., J.D. '69 

Dr. Blake is a consultant of health care compliance and ethics, as well as a consultant to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Previously, he was vice president of Cedars-Sinai Health System’s corporate integrity program in Los Angeles where he managed all compliance programs and held several leadership roles. Blake was also an adjunct law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles from 1995 to 2015 and a tenured philosophy professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles from 1982 to 1997. At Scranton, Blake earned a bachelor of science in political science. He earned a master’s degree in philosophy and a Ph.D. in philosophy and ethics at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He earned his J.D. at Loyola Marymount. He has served on the Catholic Health Initiatives’ audit and compliance committee, as well as several boards, including AHA Solutions, a Chicago, Illinois-based organization that focuses on improving the performance of U.S. hospitals and healthcare systems.

Frank Dubas ’75

Dubas recently retired as a global managing partner for sovereign financial institutions at Deloitte, a New York City-based tax, auditing, business consulting and financial advisory services firm. He oversaw a global network of approximately 1,700 Deloitte professionals from more than 100 countries. Previously, he was managing partner of Deloitte’s global structured finance practice. He has been with the company 41 years and was on the board of directors of Deloitte’s Global Financial Services Industry. At Scranton, he received a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He serves on the President’s Business Council and the advisory committee to the Kania School of Management. Dubas is frequently asked to participate in discussion panels including at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting, the European Securitisation Forum’s Global Asset-Backed Securities Conference, the Annual South African Capital Markets Summit and the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute’s Annual Summit.  He has also lectured on financial topics at many academic institutions, including Harvard, Oxford and Peking universities.

Matthew E. Haggerty, J.D.

Haggerty is the managing director of Elk Lake Capital, the private equity arm of the Lynett-Haggerty family. He is also the CEO of Times-Shamrock Communications and publisher of the Times-Tribune in Scranton, the Citizens’ Voice in Wilkes-Barre, and the Standard Speaker in Hazleton. Times-Shamrock Communications is a fourth generation, family-owned media company. Haggerty graduated from Scranton Preparatory School and earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in business administration from Villanova University and earned his law degree at Catholic University of America. He was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. There, he prosecuted criminal cases and defended government agencies in civil cases. He has served on the boards of several Northeast Pennsylvania organizations, including The Scranton Area Foundation, Northeast Pennsylvania Healthcare Foundation, as well as the board of trustees of Mercy Health Partners, Scranton Preparatory School and the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

Mary R. Haveron ’85

Haveron is a certified public accountant and principal of an accounting and consulting practice that works with small businesses. She has more than 30 years of experience in the accounting field, including serving as CFO at Customized Mortgage Solutions in Old Tappan, New Jersey. She has been active with several charitable and community organizations, and currently serves as vice-chair for the Old Tappan Recreation Commission and co-chair of its Town Day Committee. A native of Scranton, she received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University. She is a member of the University’s Accounting Department Professional Council where she advises and assists the Accounting Department on various initiatives. In addition, Haveron currently serves on the University’s Parents’ Executive Council.

William Kelley, S.J. ’73

Fr. Kelley was ordained in 1985 and is a member of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus. He is currently a member of the pastoral team at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Washington, D.C. Previously he served as secretary for social and international ministries for the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the U.S. He served six years as provincial assistant for pastoral ministries in the California Province and for 18 years in parish ministry in the U.S. and Chile. Fr. Kelley earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Scranton. He finished his theological studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California and earned a master of arts in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. At Stanford University in California, he completed further graduate studies in political science. Fr. Kelley has also directed Jesuit Missions, Inc., a nonprofit that offers financial support and grants that aid the international works of the Society of Jesus. His first experiences with Jesuits occurred while a student at the University. Since then, he has ministered in Jesuit parishes in North Carolina, Washington, D.C., and Camden, New Jersey, as well as ministering, teaching and studying in Chile.

Dan Lahart, S.J.

Fr. Lahart was elected to serve the 22nd president of Regis High School in New York, with his term set to begin in August 2016. Regis High School is a tuition-free, Jesuit college preparatory school. Previously, he was president of Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, Texas, from 2001 to 2016. He began his career in education teaching mathematics at Scranton Preparatory School. Fr. Lahart received an undergraduate degree in finance from Georgetown University and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He also earned a Master of Divinity from Weston School of Theology and a master’s degree in education at Boston College. He entered the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus in 1983. He was ordained in 1994. He also previously served as vice president for finance and administration at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C.

Keith F. Muccino, S.J., M.D.

Fr. Muccino is currently the associate provost for educational resources at Loyola University Chicago, health sciences division; associate dean for clinical performance at Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine and director of its division of continuing medical education. As associate provost for educational resources at Loyola, Fr. Muccino administers and oversees several departments within the school’s health sciences division. In addition, Fr. Muccino helped develop the Center for Simulation Education at Loyola’s health sciences campus. There, simulation-based education is used to promote patient safety. Previously, he was an assistant professor of medicine at Loyola University Medical Center’s division of general internal medicine. Fr. Muccino entered the Jesuit novitiate in Wernersville in 1988. He studied philosophy at Loyola College in New Orleans, Louisiana and received his Master of Divinity in 1996 from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has served on several committees and boards, including at the Stritch School of Medicine, as well as the board of trustees at St. Louis University and at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology.

Yohuru Rashied Williams, Ph.D. ’93 G’93

Dr. Williams is a tenured history professor and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University. Previously at Fairfield, he served as associate vice president for academic affairs and director of Black Studies. From 2011 to 2014, he was chief historian at the Jackie Robinson Foundation in New York, New York. In 2014, he was awarded the Fairfield University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Vision Award. Dr. Williams earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and history and a master’s degree in history from Scranton. He received a Ph.D. in history from Howard University in Washington, D.C. His research interests include African American history, civil rights, Black Power movements, African-American constitutional and legal history, urban history and 20th-century American history. He has authored and edited numerous books, including “Rethinking the Black Freedom Movement (American Social and Political Movements of the 20th Century)” and “Black Politics White Power, Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Black Panthers in New Haven.” He has also presented at numerous conferences, panels and public lectures where he has spoken on a range of topics including, “On the Significance of the Civil Rights Movement” and “The Fierce Urgency of Now: Rethinking the Struggle for Human Rights in 21st Century America.”

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