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New members named to SJU Board of Regents

SJU  recently named Br. Dennis Beach, OSB; Marilou Eldred; Thomas Nicol; William O'Connell; the Rev. Michael Patella, OSB; Jose Peris; and William Schubert to its Board of Regents. Thomas M. Joyce was named the new student regent. New board leadership positions were also announced with Ann Huntrods serving as chair and Steven Halverson as vice chair.

Beach, a 1978 SJU graduate, is a CSB/SJU associate professor of philosophy and serves as a faculty resident. He holds degrees from SJU and Pennsylvania State University. He taught at Saint John's Preparatory School from 1982-91, where he also served as academic dean from 1986-89.

Eldred has been president of the Catholic Community Foundation in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis since 2005. She has devoted her career to the non-profit sector serving Catholic institutions, including president of Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Ind. Eldred is a graduate of Mundelein College and New York University.

Nicol, a 1991 SJU graduate, is a managing partner of Excelsior Benefits, LLC, a regional wholesale benefits brokerage with 14 offices in the U.S. Prior to joining Excelsior, Nicol was a regional vice president of sales with the Principal Financial Group. He serves as the alumni representative to the board.

O'Connell, a 1970 SJU graduate, recently retired from 37 years with the accounting and consulting firm Deloitte & Touche, where he was a national partner. His career culminated in his role as one of the three panelists arbitrating the settlement of the World Trade Center disaster of Sept. 11, 2001, the largest insurance settlement in history.

Patella, a 1990 graduate from SJU SOT, is professor of theology at CSB and SJU and the SOT and acting director at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library. He is a faculty resident and rector of SJU SOT. In addition to the SOT, Patella holds degrees from Iona College, Boston College, the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem, Israel.

Peris is senior vice president for the Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank, where he has worked since 1986. Prior to this, Peris worked at General Mills. In 2008, Worth magazine recognized Peris as one of the top 250 wealth advisors in the U.S. He is a graduate of the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain and the University of Minnesota.

Schubert, a 1962 SJU graduate, is chairman of the board of the Kitchell Corporation, where he has served in a variety of senior executive positions since 1976. Prior to this, he worked for Arthur Andersen & Co. and held executive positions in two Los Angeles-based companies. In addition to SJU, he is a graduate of the University of Chicago.

Joyce is a senior management major from Chanhassen, and has been on the SJU Senate since 2008, serving as academic affairs representative, public relations representative and Joint Events Council/campus events representative. Joyce is a resident assistant and a member of the SJU varsity track and field team.

Huntrods is a lawyer and shareholder at the firm of Briggs and Morgan, PA. She is based in its St. Paul office and is chair of the labor and employment law section. Huntrods received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her law degree from the University of Minnesota cum laude. She also received her master's degree in English and completed course work for a doctorate in American studies from the University of Minnesota. 

Halverson, a 1976 SJU graduate, is president and chief executive officer of the Haskell Company in Jacksonville, Fla., an integrated design-build organization with operations throughout the U.S. and Latin America. Halverson received his law degree from American University in Washington, D.C., and has completed postgraduate work at Dartmouth College and Wharton. 

Their terms, which began July 1, are renewable every three years. Board members can serve up to three terms. Student regents serve a one-year term on the board. The Board of Regents consists of 44 members - 30 lay members, 12 monastic members, one faculty representative and one student representative.