Board of Trustees


Strongly committed to the Mission of Lewis University, the Board of Trustees consists of nearly forty very competent men and women who bring to the University a wide range of experience in diverse fields, including corporate leadership, law, higher education, volunteer work, healthcare, finance, government and industry. Board membership includes nine members of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, sponsors of Lewis University. At the current time, twenty-two Trustees are alumni of Lewis University.

The Board of Trustees provides significant support and advocacy for the Catholic and Lasallian Mission of Lewis University. The Trustees help ensure that the University will be directed in accord with the moral, spiritual and religious inspiration and values of the Catholic Church and guided by the spiritual, intellectual and educational ideals of the Christian Brothers, in the spirit of their founder, Saint John Baptist de La Salle.

Since 1680, educational institutions around the world have been influenced by the vision and innovative spirit of De La Salle, the patron saint of teachers. Lasallian education emphasizes academic excellence, faith formation, an appreciation of diversity, respect for the individual, service and social justice. A Lasallian education strives to enrich each student's intellectual, cultural, physical, social and spiritual development. The De La Salle Christian Brothers and their Lasallian partners, with the constant encouragement of the Lewis University Board of Trustees, continue to respond to students by stimulating minds, touching hearts and cultivating leadership.

The Lewis University Board of Trustees meets three times annually, usually in February, May and October. Each Trustee is invited to serve on at least one of the Board Committees, including those for Academic Affairs, Audit, Development, Finance, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Mission & Planning, Student Services, Trusteeship and Governance, and Property, Plant and Equipment. Chairs of these committees serve along with the Board officers on the Executive Committee. Each of these committees considers a variety of relevant topics in depth and presents its recommendations to the full Board, on issues such as academic programming, campus planning, capital development and funding, annual budgets and more. Committee reports are scheduled at each Board meeting.

Board of Trustees 2015-2016

First row (seated) left to right:
Robert Beckman, Kathy Halloran, Br. James Gaffney, FSC, Russ Smyth, Br. Larry Schatz, FSC.

Second row (standing):
Dr. Sarode Pundaleeka, John Cumbee, Br. Dominic Ehrmantraut, FSC, Michael Blake, Dr. Siham Ibrahim.

Third row:
Dr. Stephany Schlachter, Jeffrey J. Stahl, Jane Condon, Eduardo Sanchez, Dolores Pavletic, Rev. Paul Novak, OSM, Barbara J. Martin, Br. Kevin Convey, FSC, Robert Pluth, Jr.

Top row: 
William Rybak, Tim Ferrarell, Br. Patrick Conway, FSC, Kevin Newquist, John Kalec, Br. David Galinski, FSC, Joel Stava, Clifton Kelly, Michael Parker, James LaGrippe, Robert DeRose.

Officers of the Board of Trustees 2015-2016

Russ Smyth, Chair
Kathleen Halloran, Vice Chair
Robert Beckman, Treasurer

See schedule of Board of Trustees meetings.

Members of the Board of Trustees

As of February 2016

Robert Beckman, Treasurer
Chief Executive Officer
Wicab, Inc.

Michael Blake
President and Chief Executive Officer
Olympus Financial Advisors, LLC

Robert O. Carr
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Heartland Payment Systems

Jane Condon
First Choice Temporary Service, Inc.

Brother Kevin Convey, FSC
Director of Education and Mission (Retired)
Christian Brothers of the Midwest

Brother Patrick Conway, FSC
Saint Mary’s University

John E. Cumbee III
Chief Executive Officer
Integrity Trade Services

Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut, FSC
Christian Brothers University

Timothy Ferrarell
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Systems (Retired)
W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Kenneth Gabriel

Brother James Gaffney, FSC
Lewis University

Brother David Galinski, FSC
Saint Patrick High School

Mohra Gavankar
President of Rockdale Controls Inc. and
President of RoCo Productions

James Goodwin
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (Retired)
United Airlines

Kathleen Halloran, Vice Chair
Executive Vice President (Retired)
Nicor, Inc.

Duane Hayden
Senior Manager – Safety and Regulatory Compliance
United/O’Hare International Airport

Dr. Siham Ibrahim
Helander Metal Spinning Company

John Kalec
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Clayton Homes

Clifton Kelly
Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management

James LaGrippe
Majority Owner
Blue Bengal Learning Labs

Barbara J. Martin
President and Chief Executive Officer
Vista Health System

Gregory Maruszak
Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer (Retired)
Andrew Corporation

Brother Ernest Miller, FSC
Vice President for Mission
LaSalle University

Cherilyn Murer
President and Chief Executive Officer
Murer Consultants, Inc.

Kevin Newquist
Newquist Associates

Reverend Paul E. Novak, OSM
De La Salle Institute

Dr. Brennan O’Donnell
Manhattan College

Michael Parker
Senior Vice President – Executive Director Broker Relations (Retired)
Liberty Mutual Middle Market

Dolores Pavletic
Captain/Airline Pilot/Fleet Check Airman
FedEx Express

Robert Pluth, Jr.
Schiff Hardin LLP

Ed Prodehl
Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell

Dr. Sarode Pundaleeka
Practice President
Joliet Oncology-Hematology Assoc. Ltd.

Brother Michael Quirk, FSC
President/Chief Executive Officer
Christian Brothers Services

William Rybak, Chair Emeritus
Retired Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (Retired)
Van Kampen Investments

Eduardo Sanchez
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Lopez Foods, Inc.

Brother Joseph Saurbier, FSC
Director of Administration and Operations
Christian Brothers of the Midwest

Brother Larry Schatz, FSC
Christian Brothers of the Midwest

Russ Smyth, Chair
Chief Executive Officer
The HAVI Group, LP

Jeffrey J. Stahl
Stahl Cowen Crowley Addis LLC

Joel Stava
Midwest Tungsten Services, Inc.

Guy Wiebking
Board Chair
Presence Health

Trustees Emeriti

Reverend Wiliam T. Cullen
Pastor Emeritus
Ascension Parish
Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Michael Hughes
Huen Electric
Broadview, IL

Kathryn Kelly
Attorney-at-Law (Retired)
Franklin, TN

Michael E. Waters
Board Chair Emeritus
Waters and Associates
Lake Forest, IL