Notre Dame makes additions to Fellows and Board

Author: Dennis Brown

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A new Fellow of the University and eight new members of the Board of Trustees were elected at the spring meetings of the University of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees on May 1 and 2. Five members of the Board also were elevated to emeritus status.

Timothy F. Sutherland has been elected a Fellow of the University. A Trustee since 2012, Sutherland serves as chairman and chief executive of Middleburg Capital Development, a private equity firm. He was the founder, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Pace Global Energy Services, a leading energy consulting and management firm established in 1976. A former member of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business Advisory Council, Sutherland is the father of two Notre Dame graduates, Cristin S. Wipfler ’02 and David M. Sutherland ’07, ’10.

The 12 Fellows — six lay men and women and six priests of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame’s founding religious community — are the University’s ultimate governing body. They elect the Trustees, adopt and amend the bylaws and are specifically charged with maintaining Notre Dame’s Catholic character.

Sutherland fills the vacancy left by W. Douglas Ford, who reached retirement age and was elected Trustee Emeritus. A Notre Dame alumnus and parent, Ford is a retired oil industry executive. Others who were elected emeritus members of the Board are Cathleen P. Black, the former chairman of Hearst Magazines; Robert M. Conway, a senior director of Goldman Sachs; José Enrique Fernández, CEO and chairman of the board of Omega Overseas Investments Corp.; and Philip J. Purcell, the founder and president of Continental Investors and retired chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley.

The eight new Board members elected to three-year terms are Carlos Javier Betancourt, Robert Costa, Thomas J. Crotty, Andrew J. McKenna Jr., Fergal Naughton, Rev. Gerard J. Olinger, C.S.C., Martin W. Rodgers and Katie Washington.

Betancourt is the CEO of Bresco Investments, a corporate property development and construction company based in Sao Paolo, Brazil. He previously served as CEO of Bracor Investimentos Imobiliarios, a commercial real estate investment firm that he co-founded in 2006. He is an adviser to Meninos do Morumbi, an internationally recognized youth percussion and performance organization that provides opportunities to children from some of Brazil’s poorest areas.

Costa is a national political reporter for the Washington Post. After graduating from Notre Dame, he earned a master’s degree in politics from the University of Cambridge. A frequent political analyst on television, he previously worked at National Review, CNBC and the Wall Street Journal. He is a member of the advisory committee for Notre Dame’s John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy and one of two recent graduates elected to the Board.

Crotty is a senior adviser at Battery Ventures in Boston after previously serving as managing general partner for the firm. Crotty has served on the board of the National Venture Capital Association and chairs the board of directors for Grassroots Soccer, a nonprofit that seeks to eradicate HIV/AIDS in Africa. He also has served as a member of the Mendoza College of Business Advisory Council and the advisory board of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship at Notre Dame, currently sits on the board of The Foundation for MetroWest and is a trustee of the St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts.

McKenna is the founder and president of Central Street Games, a mobile game developer focusing on marketing technology. From 1996 through 2009, he served as president of Schwarz Paper Company. McKenna was education chairman of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Illinois Business Education Coalition, a group of the leading business advocacy groups in Illinois and a strong voice for school reform embracing educational standards and accountability. The father of three Notre Dame graduates, he serves on the advisory board of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education, the School Board of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the board of trustees of Rush University Medical Center.

Naughton is deputy CEO of the Dublin firm Glen Dimplex, the world’s largest manufacturer of electrical heating. With nearly 10,000 employees, it holds significant global market positions in domestic appliances, cooling, ventilation and renewable energy solutions. He became the first president of the British-Irish Chamber of Commerce, through which businesses from both countries find opportunities to increase trade. He is a member of Notre Dame’s Ireland Advisory Council and a board member of the Trinity College Dublin Foundation and of Science Gallery International.

Father Olinger earned bachelor’s, law and master of divinity degrees from Notre Dame and was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 2010. He serves as the vice president for student affairs at the University of Portland. He also is a concurrent assistant professor of political science and previously worked in residence life, in Campus Ministry and as executive assistant to the president at Portland. Father Olinger serves on the board of directors of both King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and the Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities.

A 1988 Notre Dame graduate, Rodgers is a managing director in Accenture’s Health & Public Service operating group, executive director of the company’s nonprofit practice and executive leader of its African-American employee resource group. Earlier in his career, Rodgers was a leader in the national and community service field, serving as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill and working on initiatives such as the King Holiday and Service Act, the National and Community Service Trust Act and the National Civilian Community Corps Act. He previously served on the Board as a recent graduate Trustee.

Notre Dame’s valedictorian in 2010, Washington is an M.D./Ph.D. candidate at the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. She studied biology and Catholic Social Teaching as an undergraduate and conducted research on lung cancer at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and engaged in genetic studies on infectious disease in Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health. Washington is currently completing her doctoral training at the Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society with a focus on maternal and child health and community-based public health. She joins Costa as one of the Board’s two recent graduates.

Also joining the Board in an ex officio capacity as the president-elect of the Alumni Association is Tim O’Neill, a 1994 graduate of the University. O’Neill and his brother Ryan (’97), who perform on two pianos as The O’Neill Brothers, have sold more than 10 million copies of their music and have been nominated for an Emmy Award.

Costa and Washington will fill the two designated seats for recent graduates on the Board, replacing Drew DeWalt and Kati Macaluso who will complete their terms July 1.

Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees is chaired by Richard C. Notebaert and currently is composed of 48 members.

Originally published by Dennis Brown at on May 16, 2014.