University Announces Additions to Board of Trustees


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The University recently announced new additions and leadership to the Board of Trustees.

Isabella Carlin, Staff Writer

In an email sent to the Villanova community on Friday, Jan. 20, Rev. Peter Donohue, OSA, Ph.D, announced the new members and leadership positions of the 2023 Board of Trustees. 


The Board of Trustees serves as the governing body of Villanova University. It is composed of alumni, parents, and friends who volunteer their time and expertise to provide critical oversight and guidance for the University,” Father Peter stated in the email. 


The Board elected three individuals to leadership positions. Elizabeth Mazzeo (‘81 VSB), who currently serves as a special advisor and the former Chief Administrative Officer of Bloomberg LP, was selected as the chairperson. Thomas Quindlen (‘84 VSB), who is a retired Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Diversified Value and Lifestyle Group at Synchrony Financial, was elected as vice chairperson. Additionally,  Rev. Francis Doyle (‘67 CLAS) was chosen to serve as the board’s secretary. 


“Once again, we have an impressive group of alumni and parents joining the Villanova University Board of Trustees,” Father Peter explained in the press release. 


In addition to electing members to hold office, the Board of Trustees also appointed five new members to join the committee and to provide their insight into how to improve Villanova and provide the best experience for all members of the community.  


“I look forward to working with Chris, Al, Bob, Diane, and Siran during their tenure as trustees to ensure that Villanova continues to deliver on our Augustinian Catholic mission, while always looking toward the future and what is best for the Villanova community,” Father Peter said. 


It was announced that Christoper J. Macguire (‘89 CLAS), Founder and President of 1251 Capital Group; Alfonso Martinez-Fonts Jr. (‘71 CLAS), retired Executive Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation; Robert F. Moran (‘72 VSB), Chief Executive Officer of UNATION, Inc.; Diane P. Rowen (‘86 CLAS), a philanthropist who supports catholic education; and Siran H. Sahakian, Vice President of The Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation joined the Board of Trustees. Their tenures began on January 1st. 


“I look forward to working with the new leadership team, our new members and the entire Board of Trustees as we endeavor to ensure Villanova’s continued success,” Father Peter said in the press release.