Loras College Leadership
The Loras College Board of Regents is a legislative body responsible for determining the broad policies under which the College operates. The Board, the legal entity of the College, serves as the custodian of all assets, determines the educational aims, vision, and mission of the College, and ensures that the institution fulfills its educational purpose.
James E. Collins (’84)
President, Loras College
James (Jim) Collins (’84) obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from Loras College in 1984 and a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education from the University of Iowa in 2004. After graduating from Loras, Mr. Collins returned to campus as an admissions representative and has continued to serve in a variety of positions in his 33 years of service at Loras College. In 1999, he was appointed the College’s Senior Vice President. Mr. Collins was then elected as the 26th President of Loras College in 2004.
During his presidential tenure, Collins has served as a leader on the national, state and local fronts to include: Chair, treasurer and board member of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities; Board of Regents and Board of Trustees, Seton Hall University; Chair, Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; Executive Committee, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; Chair, Greater Dubuque Development Corporation, and Archdiocese of Dubuque Board of Education.
A Crystal Lake, IL native and the oldest of 6 children, Collins has been twice recognized as one America’s Top 100 Irish Educators. In 2007, he was also recognized by his high school, Marian Central Catholic High School, with the Alumni Excellence Award. President Collins and his wife, Lisa, reside in Dubuque.
Archbishop Michael O. Jackels
Archbishop of Dubuque
Archbishop Michael Jackels was born in Rapid City, South Dakota. He has five siblings, and since his father was in the Air Force, they grew up on various military bases and traveled around the world. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska in 1981, and worked in Rome for 8 years at the Vatican before being appointed as the Bishop of Wichita, Kansas in 2005. He was installed as the 10th Archbishop of Dubuque on May 30, 2013.
Rev. Msgr. James Barta, Ph.D. (’52)
Rev. Msgr. James Barta began teaching at Loras College as an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department in 1961. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1969, and finally Professor in 1974. During this time, he served as both Chairperson of the Psychology Department and as Faculty Chairperson.
He was named Academic Dean in 1977, while continuing to teach in the Psychology Department. In 1987, he was named Acting President, and later that same year, President of Loras College. In 1994, the Archbishop appointed him Regional Vicar for the Archdiocese of Dubuque, and in 1999, he was named Vicar General. He has since retired the position of Vicar General.
Tony Reardon (’72) – Glendora, CA
Reardon, of Glendora, Calif., is a 1972 graduate of Loras College where he was involved in wrestling and served as a resident assistant. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business and went on to do graduate work at Northern Illinois University.
Tony Reardon is chairman, president and chief executive officer for Ducommun Incorporated.
As chairman, Reardon oversees all board functions and is responsible for the recruitment and on-boarding of new board members.
Reardon oversees the strategic direction of the growth oriented manufacturing company, which provides electronic and structural solutions to customers in the aerospace, defense and industrial sectors.
Under Reardon’s leadership, Ducommun has doubled in size through strategic acquisitions and organic growth. The successful integration of these acquisitions has strengthened the company’s technical and manufacturing expertise, and diversified its customer base—positioning Ducommun as an innovative solutions provider in all the markets it serves. Reardon was instrumental in restructuring the company to improve manufacturing cycle time and customer service companywide.
With more than three decades of aerospace manufacturing and engineering experience, Reardon began leading the company as chief executive officer in 2010, and just prior to that, was named president and chief operating officer in 2008. Previously, he was named president of the company’s former AeroStructures business unit in 2003. Reardon has held various senior management positions at Sundstrand Aviation, where he began his career.
Rich Clayton (’87) – Pleasanton, CA
Rich Clayton received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Loras College in 1987. In 1990, Clayton took a job with IRI Software in Boston. In 1996, he began working with Arbor Software and relocated to the San Francisco area. In 2002, he was employed as Vice President of Marketing at Responsys, and later as Vice President of Marketing at Hyperion. In 2010, Clayton joined Oracle Corporation as the company’s Vice President of Marketing for Business Intelligence and Performance Management products.
J. Paul Breitbach (’60) – Winston-Salem, N.C.
J. Paul Breitbach rejoined the Board of Regents in October 2006. He previously served as a Regent from January 1989 – October 2000, including having been elected Chair. After completing his terms, he was awarded the title Regent Emeritus. Mr. Breitbach served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Krispy Kreme until his retirement in 2001. He went on to serve as President of the Krispy Kreme Foundation until 2005. Prior to his position with Krispy Kreme, he was employed with Price Waterhouse in Chicago. Mr. Breitbach is a 1960 graduate of Loras.
Troy Cicero (’84) – Joliet, IL
Troy L. Cicero, Sr. joined the Loras College Board of Regents in October 2009. He is the president and chief skill officer of MulticultuReal Communications, Inc., in New Lenox, Ill. A consultant and trainer, his fields of specialization include diversity and inclusion, cultural competence, leadership development, strategic planning, conflict resolution, customer service, team building and motivational speaking.
Cicero is a 1984 Loras graduate with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He has served on the Loras College National Alumni Board and was inducted into the Loras Varsity Athletics Hall of Fame for basketball.
Mark Cloghessy (’80) – Western Springs, IL
Mark Cloghessy came to Loras College in 1976 and graduated in May 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree.
Mark was employed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago as a Bank Examiner for 12 years. He was subsequently employed by Allstate Insurance Company in their Investment Department where he rose to the rank of Senior Vice President in charge of Portfolio Management, overseeing Allstate’s $100 billion investment portfolio. He retired in 2014.
Mark received his MBA in International Finance and Economics from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1992. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Society of Chicago.
Mark currently resides in Western Springs, Illinois with his wife Sharon and their two daughters.
Rev. Msgr. John Enzler (’69) – Bethesda, MD
Rev. Msgr. John Enzler (’69) earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Loras College in 1969. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington, DC in 1973.
William C. Glynn (’68) – Boise, ID
William C. Glynn was born and raised in the Monticello and Ryan, Iowa areas and came to Loras College in the fall of 1964. He received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting in the spring of 1968. Glynn went on to earn his M.B.A from Boise State University in 1979. He also earned a degree in Advance Management from Stanford University in 1985.
Following his graduation from Loras College, Glynn obtained a job in the accounting department of the Northern Natural Gas Company in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1973, he moved to Boise, Idaho to take a job as Vice President and Assistant Treasurer at the Intermountain Gas Company. In 1976, he was promoted to the title of Chief Financial Officer at Intermountain Gas.
In 1979, Glynn left Intermountain to join MDU Resources Group in Bismark, North Dakota as that company’s Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, a position he held for the next eight years, before returning to Intermountain in his current position as President. He also serves as the Chairman of the Investment Committee for Boise State University Foundation.
Greg Gumbel (’67) – Davie, FL
Greg Gumbel joined the Loras College Board of Regents in October 2009. He has worked as a sportscaster for more than 30 years, currently serving as a sportscaster for CBS Sports.
Theresa (Obermann) Hoffman (’81) – Waterloo, IA
Theresa Hoffman joined the Board of Regents in October 2003. She currently is an attorney at Beecher, Field, Walker, Morris, Hoffman & Johnson, P.C. Prior to her current position, she was Vice President and Trust Officer at the Waterloo Savings Bank. She also worked as Trust Officer for the First National Bank of Waverly. She is a graduate of the Loras class of 1981, and a former member of the National Alumni Board.
Dennis Houlihan (’72) – Dubuque, IA
Dennis Houlihan of Dubuque received his bachelor of arts degree from Loras College in 1972, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Iowa in 1975. He currently is First Vice President – Investment Officer at Wells Fargo Advisors, in Dubuque, Iowa.
Richard Kenney (’63) – Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Richard Kenney joined the Loras College Board of Regents in October 2009. He graduated from Loras in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Kenney then went on to Indiana University Bloomington where he received an MBA degree. He has served on the Loras College National Alumni Board and is retired vice president of Consolidated Papers, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
Dr. Mary J. Meehan – Short Hills, NJ
Mary Meehan, Ph.D., was appointed interim president of Seton Hall University on March 23, 2017. She is a nationally respected higher education and healthcare leader, as well as a former Seton Hall administrator and University alumna.
Meehan earned her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. at Seton Hall, as well as an M.S. in Health Policy and Management from New York Medical College. At Seton Hall, she served as Vice President and Assistant to the President from 1996 to 2001 and as Executive Vice President for Administration from 2001 to 2004.
She also has an extensive professional healthcare background, having previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic, N.J. and as Administrator and CEO of St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Harrison, N.Y. Meehan is a life fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is a licensed professional mental health counselor.
David Meyers (’72) – St. Louis, MO
David Meyers received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 1972. Following Loras, Meyers entered the University Of Iowa Medical School where he received his M.D. in 1976. He completed his post-graduate training in Internal Medicine at Creighton University (1979) and Cardiology at the Medical College of Virginia (1981). He also earned a master’s of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin (1998).
In 1994, Meyers moved to Kansas City where he held a job as Professor of Internal Medicine & Preventive Medicine & Graduate Faculty at the Kansas University School of Medicine.
In 2011, Meyers retired from his position at KU and moved Saint Louis where he took a part-time job with Cardio-Pulmonary Associates located on the campus of St. Luke’s Hospital. He is currently at this position.
One of Meyers’ hobbies is taking part in Civil War reenactments by playing the role of a surgeon from that era. Meyers is also a wine and food aficionado and is the author of The Kansas City Restaurant Guide.
Mark Molo (’85) – Dubuque, IA
Mark Molo came to Loras College in August 1981. While at Loras, he was a member of the ETZ fraternity and he played Duhawk football under the leadership of Coach Bob Bierie.
He served as Vice President of the Molo Companies, his family’s business, in the 1980s, which was an era of growth and change for the Molo Companies. It also was the beginning of the Big 10 Marts – convenience stores developed and owned by Molo Oil Company. During this time, the company grew into a $30 million enterprise employing two hundred people in Dubuque and the surrounding area.
In 1998 Mark Molo became the President of Molo Companies where he continues the company’s legacy of growth.
Mark Molo currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dubuque and on the Archdiocese of Dubuque Corporate Board.
Eugene ‘Gene” Murphy (’84) – Chicago, IL
Eugene “Gene” Murphy, Jr. (’84) graduated from Loras College magna cum laude with a degree in Political Science. He received his J.D. from ITT Chicago-Kent College School of Law in 1987.
Siobhan O’Connor Hartsell (’84) – Hindsdale, IL
Siobhan O’Connor Hartsell (’84) came to Loras College in the fall of 1980 and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in radiation technology. Hartsell is a Certified Medical Dosimetrist (CMD), supporting physicians who are radiation oncologists. She currently works at the ProCure CDH Proton Center in Chicago. She has previously worked at Chicago’s Radiation Oncology Consultants (ROC) and the Chicago Prostate Cancer Center.
Michael Rice II – Evergreen, CO
Michael Rice II attended Boston College, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Finance. Immediately after graduation, Rice began working for Aon Corporation. He currently serves as Chairman for the Aon Risk Services Chicago and Chief Executive Officer of Aon Financial Service Group (FSG) in Denver, Colorado.
Rich Scalise (’76)
Rich Scalise has been the CEO of Hearthside Food Solutions since 2009. He is currently the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Hearthside Food Solutions and Consolidated Biscuit Company.
Scalise is a 1976 graduate of Loras College where he received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Speech Communication.
Joseph P. Schiesl (’74) – Minneapolis, MN
Joe Schiesl retired in January 2015 as Managing Director and Partner of Triple Tree, LCC, an independent Minneapolis investment bank, focused on mergers and acquisitions, financial restructuring and principal investment services in the healthcare industry. As a leader of the firm’s advisory practice, he brought more than 30 years of executive leadership in large public and private companies as well as smaller emerging companies serving the healthcare market.
Joe serves on the boards of MRO Corp (Chairman) and Health Resource Group. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to Medication Management Systems and VucaHealth.
Joe earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Loras College 1974.
Dr. Steven Sloan (’78) – Dubuque, IA
Steven “Steve” Sloan (’78), O.D., received his bachelor of science in biology from Loras College in 1978. Following Loras, Sloan enrolled in Illinois College of Optometry from where he was awarded his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1982.
David W. Spahn (’71) – Dubuque, IA
David Spahn joined the Board of Regents in October 2001. He is the President and Owner at Dubuque Stamping & Mfg., Inc.
Tim Suther (’82) – Chicago, IL
Tim Suther is JP Morgan Chase’s Managing Director. He joined JP Morgan Chase in 2013 after an eight-year career at Acxiom, where he was responsible for the company’s global marketing, strategy and business development activities. Previously, he led the company’s worldwide digital, agency and multichannel marketing services business. He has more than 30 years of experience at the intersection of data, marketing and technology.
Suther is a member of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) Board of Directors, Board of Advisors for Loyalty 360 and the North American Advisory Board for the CMO Council. He is also a former member of the executive board of directors for the Sam M. Walton College of Business Center for Retailing Excellence at the University of Arkansas, and the former co-chair of the DMA’s iDirect Leadership Committee.
A critically acclaimed speaker and author, Suther regularly presents on breakthrough performance at leading global events, and is a frequent contributor to industry publications. He has been an ExecRank Top CMO in 2012, a Social Media Marketing Top CMO on Twitter, and a BlueFocus Marketing Nifty50 Men in Technology.
Suther holds a degree in finance and marketing from Loras College.
Thomas J. Tauke (’72) – Alexandria, VA
Thomas J. Tauke retired as executive vice president at Verizon Communications Inc. in July 2013. In this role, Tauke served as the company’s senior policy executive and oversaw media relations, employee communications, reputation management, philanthropy, corporate responsibility and external relations. He served as a member of Verizon’s Leadership Council.
Before joining NYNEX (a predecessor company of Verizon) in 1991, Tauke was a member of Congress, representing Iowa’s Second Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. During his congressional service from 1979 to 1991, he served on the Energy and Commerce, Education and Labor, and Small Business Committees, as well as the Select Committee on Aging. He also was on the Pepper Commission on Comprehensive Health Care, the Infant Mortality Commission and the Biomedical Ethics Board.
Tauke served as a member of the Iowa General Assembly from 1975 to 1979.
Tauke is a senior fellow at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he served on the Board and Executive Committee. He chairs the board of Home Technology Systems, Inc., in Dubuque, Iowa, and is on the board of Telepath Networks, Inc. He is a member of the Board and immediate past chair of BIPAC (Business Industry Political Action Committee); serves as chair of the Executive Committee of the Board of Jobs for America’s Graduates, an organization that supports mentoring, job-training and education for young people; and serves on the boards of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Fix the Debt campaign and the Bipartisan Policy Center Advocacy Network. He is a member and past chair of the Board of Regents of Loras College, where he chairs the college’s “Inspiring Lives and Legacy Campaign.” He is co-chair of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington capital campaign. He has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations and is past chair of the United States Telecom Association.
Tauke received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loras College in 1972 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law.
Michael Valder (’62) – Phoenix, AZ
Mike Valder of Phoenix received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Loras in 1962 where he was active in social justice programs and served as President of both the Iowa Regional and National Federation of Catholic College Students.
Mike and his wife Janet have three children: Jeffrey Valder, Matthew Valder (’86) and Alice Valder-Curran. Jeffrey’s daughter Katherine Valder (’14) is a current student at Loras College.
Mike’s brother Bob (Loras ’60) was a civil rights organizer in the South. After his death in 1981, Mike and Janet established the Robert Valder Social Justice Scholarship program, which has supported summer internships for over 50 Loras students since 1987. He and Janet have also partnered with the AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute and Loras College to provide college access opportunities to Phoenix-area Latino youth, which has brought nearly 50 students to visit the Loras College campus.
Rev. Msgr. James Barta, Ph.D. (’52)
James W. Bear (’67)
Paul Breitbach (’60)
Thomas J. Cashman (’60)
J. Michael Colloton (’63) +
John W. Colloton (’53)
Jack B. Crahan +
James M. Davis (’67)
Donald P. Dupont (’51) +
The Rev. Msgr. Francis P. Friedl, Ph.D. (’39) +
Paul Frommelt (’56) +
John C. Gavin (’65)
The Rev. Patrick G. Geary (’51) +
Bernard T. Gillis, Ph.D. (’52)
Thomas P. Giovingo (’78)
Ramon J. Green (’51) +
The Most Rev. Jerome Hanus, OSB
Mary E. Hendry
Sister Helen Huewe, O.S.F. +
Kathy (Stuermer) Jirak (’81)
Joan Healy Joyce
John R. Kromer (’67)
The Most Rev. Daniel W. Kucera, O.S.B. +
Jeffrey R. Ladd (’63)
Allan J. Ludwig (’60)
William T. Lynch (’64)
Kevin Malone (’69)
Tom McCarty (’63)
Mark McCarville (’68)
John J. Mulherin (’73)
James P. Murphy (’67)
Sister Colman O’Connell, O.S.B. +
Dr. Fred Pilcher (’69)
Michael D. Rice (’64)
Al Ruffalo (’69)
John V. Saeman (’58)
Rev. John Schlegel (’66) +
John K Schmidt
Nicholas J. Schrup, III (’77)
Michael J. Starshak (’63)
Richard T. Sulentic (’52)
Thomas J. Tauke (’72)
Jim Theisen (’56)
Thomas J. Tropp (’69)
James J. Virtel (’66)
David J. Vogel (’65)
David J. Walsh (’71)
David J. Wertzberger (’65)
Sister Margaret Wick, O.S.F.
Barbara Sullivan Woodward, Ph.D. (’72)
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