Century Club Awardees
The Century Club was established during Duquesne's 100th anniversary in 1978 to recognize graduates with exemplary records of professional achievement and service to the University and their communities. Of more than 100,000 alumni since 1878, only 330 have been admitted to its elite ranks.
The 2017 class of Century Club inductees includes:
Jeanine C. Hayden, A'69
Member, Board of Governors, National Military Families Association
Completing her degree in psychology in 1969, Hayden began a non-traditional career as a volunteer for stateside and overseas military families. Her activity and leadership amplified in parallel with the career path of her husband and Duquesne classmate, Air Force General Michael V. Hayden, A'67, GA'69, who served for nearly 40 years and retired in 2008 as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Hayden's work began in the early 1970s in Guam, then a key staging area for forces involved in the Vietnam War. Her psychology background made her a reputable candidate to organize support groups and improve services for fellow military families. Later, she developed a morale and education program for embassy staff. In then-Communist Bulgaria, she ran a religious education program on a base in Korea.
Following 9/11, she provided National Security Agency and CIA family members the tools to cope with the stresses of separation, combat and loss. As an advocate for these families, she has traveled to over 40 stations and bases.
As a member of the Board of Governors of the National Military Families Association and a contributor to The Cipher Brief, she has received the CIA's prestigious Meritorious Service Medal and the National Intelligence Superior Public Service Medal for her work on behalf of military and intelligence agency families. Hayden and her husband received the 2015 Anna C. Chennault Award from the National Military Families Association for their support towards veterans' programs at Duquesne University and crisis simulation program for Duquesne international relations students.
She and her husband reside in McLean, Va. and are parents of three children whom have all pursued military or Foreign Service careers.
Leonard A. Komoroski, A'82
Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Cavaliers/Quicken Loans Arena
Leonard A. Komoroski, a journalism graduate and former member of the University's tennis team, began his career in sports marketing and management with indoor soccer's Pittsburgh Spirit. Following positions with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota Strikers, he played a major role in the startup of the Minnesota Timberwolves, serving as the vice president of sales for the team and its arena.
Komoroski later served as senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Cleveland Lumberjacks hockey franchise and senior vice president and chief of business operations for the National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles.
In 2003, Komoroski returned to Cleveland as president of the Cavaliers. He restructured the team's business communications with the city's civic leaders, laying the financial foundation for an NBA World Championship in 2016. His organization-which includes the Cavaliers, Quicken Loans Arena, an Arena Football League team, and minor league hockey and basketball franchises-is a consistent finalist for the Sports Business Journal's "Team of the Year" award.
Komoroski was also instrumental in efforts to bring casino gaming to downtown Cleveland and organize the 2016 Republican National Convention. Today, he is a member of the Duquesne Athletic Fund advisory board and has presented guest lectures for students in the Business School's Sports Marketing program.
Currently residing in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Komoroski and his wife Denise are the parents of four children, one a 2014 Duquesne alumna.
The Honorable Terrence F. McVerry, A'65, L'68
Retired Judge, United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
McVerry commuted to Duquesne where he studied political science as an undergraduate and stayed for law school.
Following his graduation, McVerry entered active duty with the United States Army Reserve and later became a commissioned legal officer in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, where he served until his honorable discharge as a captain in 1977.
McVerry also worked as a trial prosecutor in the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office from 1969-1973, before beginning a 25-year career in general legal practice, including medical professional negligence litigation, corporate representation, estate and family law. In 1978, he was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing Pittsburgh's South Hills for six terms through 1990.
Among his legislative achievements were the 1980 reform of the Commonwealth's divorce code and the establishment of statewide criminal sentencing guidelines. He was appointed a judicial seat in the Family Division of Allegheny County Common Pleas Court in 1998. McVerry served as the first county solicitor under the new form of government, before being nominated by President George W. Bush to the Federal District Court in Pittsburgh in 2002. He became a senior judge of the court in 2013 and retired from the bench three years later.
Residing in Mt. Lebanon, Pa, McVerry and his wife, Judy, a fellow Duquesne graduate, are parents of three grown children.
Brian L. Sullivan, Business 1982
Senior Vice President and Central Region Director, Putnam Investments
Sullivan, a former member of Duquesne's swimming team, credits his success to the University and his experience as a student-athlete.
Sullivan began his career as a portfolio manager with Ormond Reinsurance and later moved to Federated Investors as a vice president in 1982. After nine years with Federated, he joined Putnam Investments, a Boston-based firm with $165 billion in assets under management and operations across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
As Central Region Director since 2012, Sullivan is responsible for oversight, management, development and sales results of 16 wholesalers in 18 states. He holds multiple licenses with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs discussing various financial topics. He has helped to manage more than $30 million in investments for the National Basketball Association players' pension fund and a major portfolio for the PGA Tour.
Sullivan serves on the Board of Directors of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and is a supporter of Childrens' Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
Sullivan is an advisor to the Dean of Duquesne's School of Business Administration and the School's Investment Center, and chairs an annual golf outing at Laurel Valley to benefit the Duquesne Athletic Fund. He has served on the Advancement Committee through Duquesne University's Board of Directors and has endowed both a scholarship fund and a co-investment fund that allows students to gain real-world experience in managing assets.
Residing in Mt. Lebanon. Pa, Sullivan and his wife, Lisa, are the parents of two daughters.