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 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, Iowa. Message from President Collins
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.
Rich Scalise (’76) – Naperville, IL
As chairman, Scalise oversees all board functions and is responsible for the recruitment and on-boarding of new board members.
Luis Acosta Hererra (’13) – Phoenix, AZ
Luis Acosta Herrera is the chief strategist at Element Public Affairs and the executive director at Unite Arizona. He previously worked with Mike Bloomberg in the 2020 election and was the senior government affairs representative at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce.
Rich Clayton (’87) – Bend, OR
Rich Clayton received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Loras College in 1987.
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.
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.
Natalie Hoffmann (’84) – East Dubuque, IL
Natalie Hoffmann currently serves as senior vice president of business services at iSolved HCM and is a partner at Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C., where she has been employed for more than 30 years, including as president of its workforce management affiliate company, HK Payroll Services, Inc.
Dr. Mary J. Meehan – Maplewood, 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.
Dr. David Meyers (’72) – Chesterfield, MO
David Meyers, Ph.D., 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).
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.
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) – Chicago, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Stephen “Steve” Schlegel (’85) – Zionsville, IN
Stephen Schlegel retired as head of corporate development from Anthem, Inc. earlier this year. He was previously vice president of corporate development and strategy at Sprint and director of business development at General Instruments.
Wendy Schrunk (’07) – Chicago, IL
Wendy Schrunk has been employed at the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. on the Goldman Sachs Asset Management Global Shareholder Services Team since 2007. She is currently a vice president and is the manager of the US Liquidity Business.
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.
Sarah Squiers (’89) – Greenbrae, CA
Sarah Squiers joined the Board of Regents in October 2020. She is Senior Vice President of Business Development for Univision Communications Inc., the leading Hispanic media company in the U.S.
Tim Suther (’82) – Chicago, IL
Tim Suther is Senior Vice President at Change Healthcare. Previously, he served JP Morgan Chase and 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 35 years of experience at the intersection of data, marketing and technology.
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.
Milan Vuckovic (’09) – Washington, DC
Milan Vuckovic is the current business value services director at Salesforce, Inc., a customer relationship management platform. He previously worked for the US Congress, Verizon Communications, and Deloitte Consulting.
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)
✝ deceasedAdministrative Team