New Members Join Duquesne University's Century Club

Four new members were inducted into the Century Club of Distinguished Duquesne University Alumni on Oct. 6 as part of the annual President’s Dinner.

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 334 have been admitted to its elite ranks.

The 2017 inductees are:

Jeanine C. Hayden, Arts 1969

Hayden is a member of the National Military Families Association Board of Governors. After completing her degree in psychology in 1969, she began a non-traditional career as a volunteer and advocate for military families both stateside and overseas. Hayden’s activity and leadership increased 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 (CIA).

Today, she is a frequent contributor to The Cipher Brief, an online publication focused on intelligence matters and the intelligence community. Hayden 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, a 2000 Century Club inductee, received the 2015 Anna C. Chennault Award from the National Military Families Association. They support veterans’ programs at Duquesne University and an annual crisis simulation program for Duquesne international relations students. They reside in McLean, Va.

Leonard A. Komoroski, Arts 1982

Komoroski is chief executive officer of the Cleveland Cavaliers/Quicken Loans Arena. A journalism graduate, he kicked off his career in sports marketing and management with indoor soccer’s Pittsburgh Spirit.

After positions with hockey’s Pittsburgh Penguins and soccer’s Minnesota Strikers, Komoroski played a major role in the startup of the National Basketball Association’s Minnesota Timberwolves. He 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 operations, communications and relationships with the city’s civic leaders, laying the financial foundation for an NBA World Championship in 2016. Komoroski was also instrumental in efforts to bring casino gaming to downtown Cleveland and attract and organize the 2016 Republican National Convention.

A member of the Duquesne Athletic Fund advisory board, Komoroski has presented guest lectures for sports marketing students in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business. He and his wife Denise reside in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

The Honorable Terrence F. McVerry, Arts 1965, Law 1968

McVerry is a retired judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He studied political science as an undergraduate at Duquesne University and stayed for law school. 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.

Additionally, McVerry worked as a trial prosecutor in the Office of the Allegheny County District Attorney followed by a 25-year career in general legal practice with the firms of Grogran, Graffam, McGinley & Lucchino and McVerry, Baxter, Cindrich & Mansmann. In 1978, he was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing Pittsburgh’s South Hills for six terms through 1990. Among McVerry’s legislative achievements were the 1980 reform of the Commonwealth’s divorce code and the establishment of statewide criminal sentencing guidelines.

Gov. Tom Ridge appointed McVerry to a judicial seat in the Family Division of Allegheny County Common Pleas Court in 1998, where he served until 2000. One of the architects of Allegheny County’s Home Rule Charter, 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.

McVerry and his wife Judy reside in Mt. Lebanon.

Brian L. Sullivan, Business 1982

Sullivan is senior vice president and central region director at Putnam Investments. His career began as a portfolio manager with Ormond Reinsurance, followed by nine years at Federated Investors. In 1993, 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, growth, development and sales results of 16 wholesalers in 18 states. 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. Also a member of Duquesne University’s board of directors, he has served on the Advancement Committee and has endowed both a scholarship fund and a co-investment fund allowing students to gain real-world experience in managing assets.

He and his wife Lisa reside in Mt. Lebanon.

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