In 1967, Saint Louis University became the first major Catholic university in the United States to give lay and clergy people combined legal responsibility for institutional policy as members of its board of trustees. Today, the board is the principal governing authority for the University, charged with fiduciary responsibility and with preserving and enhancing SLU’s Jesuit mission.
Members of SLU's Board of Trustees are elected to three-year terms and may stand for re-election for two additional three-year terms. Trustees are volunteers and are not compensated for their service.
The board meets four times a year and has a number of standing committees that include faculty, staff and student representatives.
Current Board Members
Joseph Conran, Chairman (’67, ’70)
Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP
Patrick J. Sly, Vice Chairman (’77)
Executive Vice President (retired), Emerson
Peter F. Benoist Jr. (’70, ’75)
CEO (retired) Enterprise Financial Services Corp; Advisor, Oakland Capital Partners
Albert C. Black Jr.
Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, OnTarget Supplies and Logistics
William Blase Jr. (’91)
Senior Executive Vice President - Human Resources, AT&T
George Brill (’85)
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Talisen Technologies Inc.
Thomas M. Buchanan (’77)
Managing Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP
Richard Chaifetz (’75)
Founder, Chairman and CEO of ComPsych Corporation; Founder and Chairman of Chaifetz Group, LLC.
W. Winston Chan (’81, ’83)
Chief Executive Officer, Corvusys Inc.
Robert J. Ciapciak (’79, ‘07)
Partner, Edward Jones
Kevin Cullen, S.J. (’80)
President of the Board of Directors, L'Arche St. Louis
Jerome “Jerry” Dwyer, M.D. (’79, ’85)
Owner/Cardiologist, St. Louis Cardiology Center
L.B. Eckelkamp Jr.
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Washington
Jimmie Edwards (’78, ’81, Hon.D ’14)
Public Safety Director, City of St. Louis
Robert N. Fox (’76)
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, NewSpace, Inc., the ClarkFox Family Foundation
Anne Gagen (’72, ’76)
Managing Director (retired), the Private Bank
Chang Soo Huh (’77)
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, GS Group
Edward B. Ignaczak
Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing (retired), Express Scripts
B. Todd Jones
Senior Vice President, Special Counsel for Conduct, National Football League
Darryl Jones (’77)
Managing Partner, D&D Concessions
Paul D. Kalsbeek
Regional Group Head, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
James P. Kavanaugh (’86)
Chief Executive Officer, World Wide Technology Inc.
Ronald J. Kruszewski
Chairman and CEO, Stifel Financial Corp.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, NETGEAR
President and Chief Operating Officer (retired), Isle of Capri Casinos Inc.
Michael C. McFarland, S.J.
Treasurer, USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus
Marian V. "Bo" Mehan (’74,’82)
Partner and Estate Planning and Probate Department Co-chair, Lewis Rice
Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., Provincial Assistant for Higher Education by Jesuits West; President Emeritus of John Carroll University
Frank E. O'Donnell, Jr, M.D.
Manager, Hopkins Capital Group, LLC
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Lodging Hospitality Management
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (Retired), Express Scripts
G. Keith Phoenix (’74)
Senior Counsel, Sandberg, Phoenix & Von Gontard P.C.
Jacqueline Drury Pollvogt (’85, ’88)
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Drury Development Corporation
Kristin Robertson (’05)
Vice President and Chief Engineer, Strike, Surveillance, and Mobility, The Boeing Company
Michael J. Sheeran, S.J. (’63, ’64, ’67, ’71)
President, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
Rex A. Sinquefield (’67)
President, Show Me Institute
Philip Steele, S.J. (’71)
Rector, Jesuit Community of Saint Louis University
Gregory R. Stubblefield
Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
Anthony “Tony” Tersigni (Hon.D ’11)
President/CEO, Ascension Health Alliance
President/Owner, La Bonne Bouchée Wholesale Bakery and Gourmet To Go
Trudy Busch Valentine (’80)
University President Fred P. Pestello serves as an ex-officio voting member of the board. Vice President and General Counsel William Kauffman is board secretary.
SLU also has trustee emeriti, former trustees who do not make motions, vote or hold office, but are entitled to all other privileges of board members.
Current trustee emeriti are: J. Joe Adorjan, John Alberici, Barry Beracha, Thomas H. Brouster Sr., Walter Davisson, Charles L. Drury Sr., Aloys H. Litteken, Nancy Siwak, Francis A. Stroble and Kenneth Teasdale.