John R. ‘Jack’ McGinley, Jr. to Lead Duquesne Board of Directors
At its annual May meeting today, the Duquesne University Board of Directors named John R. "Jack" McGinley, Jr. as its next chairman, effective July 1. McGinley follows the University's first female chair, Marie Milie Jones, who has led the board since 2009 and whose term expires Friday, June 30.
"Marie Milie Jones has had an extraordinary, positive impact during her tenure as chairperson of the Board. She has been a true leader; she loves this university and its Catholic, Spiritan mission, and has led Duquesne to unparalleled levels of excellence with energy and grace," said President Ken Gormley. "I'm thrilled that Jack McGinley has now agreed to succeed Marie in this important role. He is a consummate professional with extensive experience in higher education board service and leadership. Duquesne University is blessed to have such impressive alumni-leaders serve in this position of responsibility and trust."
McGinley was appointed a member of the Duquesne University Board of Directors in 2011, and served as vice chair from July 2016-June 30, 2017.
"Duquesne and the Spiritan community have played an important role in the lives of generations of my family. It is an honor to have been chosen and I look forward to working with my dedicated Board colleagues and the Spriritans-who are the core spirit of Duquesne-to move the institution forward," said McGinley. "I am deeply grateful to Marie, who has been a phenomenal leader. Her commitment and vision has strengthened Duquesne and positioned us well for future success."
A 1968 graduate of the Duquesne's School of Law, McGinley is a longtime supporter of the University. He is a 2006 inductee of Duquesne's Century Club. He established an endowment in 2012 to support public service fellowships for Duquesne law students that provide valuable academic and professional experience in legislative, executive and judicial branch positions, and in non-governmental service agencies. McGinley also sits on the law school's advisory board and as chair of the Rita M. McGinley Foundation, has facilitated support for an annual national symposium hosted by the School of Nursing that explores issues of health care and public policy related to vulnerable populations.
McGinley is a trial attorney with Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, where he chairs the executive committee of its board of directors. His more than 45 years of legal experience includes service as an assistant district attorney for Allegheny County and as co-founder of the firm Grogan Graffam McGinley & Lucchino PC. He is a fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers. In addition, McGinley is chair and president of Ballymoney & Company, a real estate development and management firm; former chair of the Rockwood Casualty Insurance Company; and past director of the Pittsburgh Steelers Football Club and Wilson McGinley Inc. He is a member of the Pittsburgh Foundation Board of Directors; is an emeritus trustee member at St. Bonaventure, where he chaired the board from 2004-2012; and is past chair of the board of Pittsburgh Mercy Hospital.
Marie Milie Jones led the national search for Duquesne's president, which resulted in the selection of Ken Gormley as the 13th president of the University.
"To serve as chair of the Board of my alma mater, and to serve the Spiritan Congregation has truly been a high privilege," said Milie Jones. "Working alongside of such a phenomenal group of men and women on the board made the commitment particularly rewarding. Duquesne shall always hold a special place in my heart."
During her 14-year tenure on the board of directors, Milie Jones has helped implement numerous institutional advancements, including:
- The most successful fundraising effort in the University's history, the Advancing Our Legacy capital campaign, raised more than $163.5 million.
- The first institutional strategic plan was developed and successfully implemented in 2003, followed by a second plan in 2010.
- Applications for admission doubled since 2001.
- Des Places Hall, the first new residence hall to be built on campus in more than a decade, opened in 2012 and earned the prestigious Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
- The University launched its Biomedical Engineering Program in 2014, and was quickly marked as a leader in generating more female engineers, with 47% more women enrolled than the national average of females working in the field.
- The new 10,500-square-foot Genesius Theater opened its doors in 2015, providing a dedicated campus space for performances by Mary Pappert School of Music ensembles; the Red Masquers; Spotlight Musical Theater Company; and production classes.
- Overall, institutional financial aid has grown from $32 million in 2001 to more than $110 million in 2016-17, increasing access to higher education for thousands of students.
Milie Jones served as president of Duquesne's Alumni Board of Governors from 1997-2001 and was named a Woman of Distinction by the Duquesne University Women's Advisory Board in 2001. She was inducted into the 2008 class of Duquesne University Century Club of Distinguished Alumni; and was named the Duquesne University Women's Law Association Woman of the Year in 2002.
A founding partner at JonesPassodelis, PLLC, Milie Jones' areas of practice includes civil rights and employment; commercial litigation; and professional liability. She has served as an independent director for Federated Investors, Inc. since 2014, and has served on the St. Vincent Seminary Board of Regents since 2009. Milie Jones has been deeply involved in professional organizations, serving on key committees and boards. For the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, she has acted as president, executive vice president, vice president, treasurer, co-chair of the Employment and Civil Rights Committee, and chair of the Education Committee. Milie Jones also served as a hearing committee member and committee chair for The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from 2001-2007.
Milie Jones made history in Pittsburgh in 1998 when she was named the youngest female managing attorney of a major law firm in the city.
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