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Loyola University New Orleans Welcomes New Members to the Board of Trustees

Loyola press release - August 4, 2017

The Loyola University New Orleans Board of Trustees recently elected four new members who began serving Aug. 1. Among the new trustees are: a leading area philanthropist; a partner at one of New Orleans’ top law firms; an internationally renowned reputation, brand, and crisis management expert, and a former city attorney for the City of New Orleans.

The Board of Trustees at Loyola University New Orleans helps to shape general, educational and financial policies in an effort to ensure strong and sound management, and advance the university’s mission. This corporate governance group oversees fiscal affairs; determines and reviews university goals and aims of educational programs; and determines or approves policies related to the instruction, extracurricular activities, campus and residential life of students, among other responsibilities.

Paul Pastorek ’76, J.D. ‘79, the managing partner of Pastorek Partners, LLC, will serve as board chair. Other officers for the 2017-2018 term include Geocent founder and chief executive officer Bobby Savoie, who will serve as vice chair, and New Orleans Jesuit Community rector, the Rev. Francis W. “Bill” Huete, S.J., who will serve as secretary treasurer. University President the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. also serves as an officer on the board.

New members elected to Loyola’s Board of Trustees are:

Marguerite L. “Peggy” Adams (J.D. ’81) – Marguerite (Peggy) Adams has been a business lawyer with the law firm Liskow & Lewis for 35 years. Her practice includes commercial real estate acquisition and development as well as estate planning. Peggy received her B.A. in 1972 from Auburn University and her J.D. in 1981 from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where she was Articles Editor of Loyola Law Review. She resides in New Orleans.

Anne Gauthier - Anne Barrios Gauthier, a local community activist and philanthropist, serves as a trustee of the Wendell & Anne Gauthier Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting the areas of music and visual arts, as well as Catholic education. A graduate of the University of Louisiana Lafayette, Anne is a past member of the Loyola University New Orleans Board of Trustees and current chair of the university’s ongoing Faith in the Future campaign. In December 2016, Anne Gauthier received Loyola’s Integritas Vitae Award, one of the university’s highest honors. She resides in Metairie, La.

The Honorable Mary Jo Jacobi '73 - Mary Jo Jacobi is an internationally renowned reputation, brand, and crisis management expert and trusted advisor on the complex dynamics of corporate, economic and political relationships. She is a non-executive director of The Weir Group plc and Mulvaney Capital Management LLC and she shares her expertise as a GLG expert and Criticaleye C-suite mentor. In regular demand as a keynote speaker around the world, Mary Jo is also a frequent studio expert for CNBC Europe, the BBC and LBC radio. She received a bachelor of business administration degree from Loyola University New Orleans and an M.B.A. from George Washington University. She resides in Leesburg, Virginia.

Sharonda Williams (J.D. ’01) - Sharonda Williams currently serves as Special Counsel at Fishman Haygood following a distinguished career in public service and private practice. Sharonda served as City Attorney for the City of New Orleans from May 2013 to November 2015, and as Chief Deputy City Attorney from October 2011 until May 2013. Prior to joining the City of New Orleans legal staff, she was a partner in the general litigation section of a major New Orleans law firm, where she handled cases ranging from construction disputes, medical malpractice, insurance coverage disputes, entertainment law contract negotiations, intellectual property licensing issues, and bankruptcy adversary proceedings. Sharonda graduated summa cum laude from Xavier University New Orleans in 1994, and earned her law degree from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law in 2001, where she was a member of Loyola Law Review. She resides in New Orleans.

Loyola University New Orleans Board of Trustees includes the following members: Janet Boles; Rev. Michael L. Braden, S.J.; William A. Burke, III; James A. Caillier, Ed.D.; James C. Carter, S.J.; Edgar L. Chase, III; Margaret M. Condron; Dennis C. Cuneo; Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.; Sally Forman; S. Derby Gisclair; Gail W. Jock; Rachel Kent; Stephen J. Landry; Timothy R. Lannon, S.J.; Rita Benson LeBlanc; Joseph E. Mahoney; James R. McBride; Timothy McMahon, S.J.; Henry R. Muñoz, III; Paul Pastorek; Gerald L. Ray; William Roberti; Robert Savoie, Ph.D.; Rhonda Sharkawy; Ileana Suquet; Mario Alberto Torres, S.J; Carol Gisevius Waguespack; Jeremy Zipple, S.J.

Trustee Emeriti include Adelaide W. Benjamin; Donna D. Fraiche; Theodore “Ted” Frois; John P. Laborde; Anthony Laciura; John B. Levert, Jr.; Rita Odenheimer; Jerome J. Reso, Jr.; and Jeanne Wolf.