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Board Committees & Membership

Executive Committee 

Composition:

The Executive Committee shall consist of the Chair of the Board of Trustees, who shall serve as the chair of the Committee, the Vice-Chair and the Secretary of the Board of Trustees, the President of the College, the Executive Vice President/Treasurer of the College, the Chair of the Finance Committee, and two (2) members of the Board of Trustees who shall be elected by majority vote of the Chairs of the Standing Committees.  A simple majority of the total Committee members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of its business.  The affirmative vote of a majority of the Executive Committee members present shall be necessary for the taking of any action.

Charge:

The Executive Committee, between meetings of the Board of Trustees, shall have all the powers and functions of the Board of Trustees, except the power to recommend to the Corporation a person for the Presidency of the College or to recommend the removal of the President of the College. All actions of the Executive Committee shall be reported to the Board of Trustees at the next meeting of the Board.

Membership:

  • John F. Killian, Chair
  • J. Peter Benzie
  • Maureen Davenport Corcoran
  • Robert T. Gorman
  • Heidi Kenny
  • Christopher K. Reilly
  • Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P.
  • Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P.

Academic Affairs Committee

Composition:

The Academic Affairs Committee shall consist of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and at least six (6) other members, two (2) faculty members nominated by the Faculty Senate, one student nominated annually by the Student Congress, and three (3) members appointed by the Chair of the Board, two (2) of whom shall be members of the Board and the third a member of the administrative staff of the College.

Charge:

The Academic Affairs Committee shall concern itself with academic policies and plans of the College and recommend measures deemed requisite to make the most effective use of the educational resources of the College, including faculty, curriculum, library facilities, and related matters.

Membership:

  • Sr. Kathleen Cannon, O.P., Chair
  • David J. Aldrich
  • Karl W. Anderson
  • J. Peter Benzie
  • Duane Bouligny
  • Rev. Andrew Hofer, O.P.
  • John Killian

Non Trustee Members

  • Dr. Brian J. Bartolini
  • Karen DelPonte, Esq.
  • Dr. Laurie Grupp
  • Dr. Hugh F. Lena
  • Donald J. MacNeil, Esq.

Audit Committee 

Composition:

The Audit Committee shall consist of five (5) members appointed by the Chairperson of the Corporation, four (4) of whom shall be members of the Board of Trustees and one of whom shall be a Dominican Friar. All members of the Committee shall be independent and free from any relationship that would interfere with the exercise of his or her independent judgment as a member of the Committee. All members of the Committee shall have a working familiarity with basic finance and accounting practices, and at least one member shall be a certified public accountant. The Chairperson of the Corporation, after consultation with the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, shall appoint the members, Chairperson, and Secretary of the Audit Committee.

Charge:

The Audit Committee has dual reporting responsibility directly to the Corporation and the Board. The Audit Committee shall have oversight responsibilities for reviewing (i) the integrity of financial statements and other financial information provided by the College and the College’s independent auditor, in accordance with its business judgment; (ii) the College’s systems of internal controls regarding finance, accounting, legal compliance and ethics that the Corporation, the Board, and the College administration have established; and (iii) the College’s auditing, accounting and financial reporting processes generally. Consistent with this function, the Audit Committee shall encourage continuous improvement of, and shall foster adherence to, the College’s policies, procedures and practices at all levels. The Audit Committee shall review and discuss with the College’s management and independent auditor the College’s audited financial statements.

Membership:

  • Maureen Davenport Corcoran, Chair
  • David J. Aldrich
  • Sandra L. Coletta
  • Paul R. Galietto
  • Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P.

Non-Trustee Members

  • Joseph M. Cianciolo
  • Stephen P. Sanford
  •  

Board Affairs Committee 

Composition:

The Board Affairs Committee shall consist of at least five (5) members appointed by the Chair of the Board from among the members of the Board, at least two (2) of whom shall be Dominican Friars.

Charge:

It shall nominate one (1) or more candidates from among the membership of the Board for each of the offices of Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary of the Board; shall nominate for election to the Board suitable candidates to fill vacancies on the Board and transmit the same to the Corporation, together with appropriate information as to the qualifications of each candidate; shall nominate for appointment to a Committee when authorized by the Bylaws, persons who, although not members of the Board, are deemed competent to assist such Committee in the performance of its functions; and whenever a vacancy shall exist or appear imminent in the office of President of the College, shall recommend to the Board a number of potential suitable candidates for the consideration of the Board. In accord with the mission of the College, the Committee shall nominate for election to the Board only such individuals who shall have previously committed themselves to promote the pursuit of sound scholarship and the principles of the Judaeo-Christian heritage through the unique Catholic tradition of the Dominican Order. The Committee shall develop and administer a program of orientation of new trustees and committee members, as well as oversee periodic reviews of the Board of its own performance.

Membership:

  • Maureen Davenport Corcoran, Chair
  • Paul R. Galietto
  • Robert T. Gorman
  • John F. Killian
  • Very Rev. John A. Langlois, O.P.
  • Very Rev. Kenneth Letoile, O.P.
  • Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P.
  •  

Non-Trustee Member 

  • Marifrances McGinn, Esq.

Building & Property Committee 

Composition:

The Building & Property Committee shall consist of the Vice President for Finance & Business/Chief Financial Officer, the Assistant Vice President for Capital Projects and Facilities Planning, and at least five (5) other members appointed by the Chair of the Board, at least three (3) of whom shall be members of the Board. 

Charge:

The Building & Property Committee shall study and review the College’s Space Plan for all facilities operated by the College; recommend that it be updated to reflect changing educational goals, housing needs and expectations, and recreational and social needs as approved by the Corporation of the College; review the College’s Financial Plan for major construction and renovations projects; and annually review the process for the selection of campus planners, architects, consultants, and contractors hired by the College.

Membership:

  • J. Peter Benzie, Chair
  • Duane M. Bouligny
  • Thomas C. Boyan, Jr.
  • Mary-Ellen Sposato Rogers
 
Non-Trustee Members
  • Caitlin Charette `14
  • Dr. Paul Czech
  • Charles J. Haberle
  • Francis J. Hall
  • Mark F. Harriman
  • Edward A. Iannuccilli, M.D.
  • Bryan J. Koop
  • Armando Martines `14
  • Raymond L. McGowan
  • Kevin C. Phelan
  • Mark F. Rapoza
  • John M. Sweeney

Catholic and Dominican Mission Committee 

Composition:

The Catholic and Dominican Mission Committee shall consist of the Bishop of the Diocese of Providence, the Prior of the Dominican Community, the Chaplain of the College, the Vice President for Mission and Ministry, and at least three (3) other members, three (3) of whom shall be members of the Board appointed by the Chair of the Board.

Charge:

The Catholic and Dominican Mission Committee shall be concerned with the preservation and enhancement of the distinctive educational mission of the College and its Dominican and Catholic heritage in all facets of the academic and social life of the College community.

Membership:

  • Heidi M. Kenny, Chair
  • Sr. Kathleen Cannon, O.P.
  • Maureen Davenport Corcoran
  • Susan Esper
  • Michael Joyce
  • Very Rev. Edward M. Gorman, O.P.
  • Very Rev. Kenneth Letoile, O.P.
  • Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, D.D.

Non-Trustee Members

  • Rev. James Cuddy, O.P.
  • Dr. Dana Dillon
  • Dr. Joseph H. Hagan
  • Very Rev. Edward T. Myers, O.P.
  • Alexander Napoli `17
  • Rev. R. Gabriel Pivarnik, O.P.
  • Rev. Kevin Robb, O.P.
  • Kathleen Caldwell Taddei

Development and Alumni Affairs Committee 

Composition:

The Development and Alumni Affairs Committee shall consist of the Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement and at least six (6) other members, appointed by the Chair of the Board, and at least two (2) of whom shall be members of the Board. 

Charge:

The Development and Alumni Affairs Committee shall provide alumni and institutional support and direction in connection with fundraising efforts of the College on a local and national scope.

Membership:

  • Robert T. Gorman, Chair
  • Sandra L. Coletta
  • Mark A. Flaherty
  • John J. Glier
  • Heidi M. Kenny
  • John F. Killian
  • John G. O'Hurley
  • John Powers
  • Peter Q. Thompson

Non-Trustee Members

  • John Cervione
  • Michael J. Chapey
  • Matthew F. Gaffney
  • Hugh T. Hurley
  • Michael P. Lynch
  • Gregory T. Waldron

Finance Committee 

Composition:

The Finance Committee shall consist of the Executive Vice President/Treasurer of the College, the Senior Vice President for Finance & Business/Chief Financial Officer, and at least four (4) other members appointed by the Chair of the Board, at least one (1) of whom shall be a member of the Board.

Charge:

The Finance Committee shall oversee the business affairs of the College and shall review and make recommendations with respect to financial long-range planning. It shall review and propose for acceptance by the Corporation the annual budget; examine on a quarterly basis the College’s statement of revenues and expenditures in light of the approved budget; and review and recommend regarding any other fiscal matters that should be brought to the attention of the full Board. The Committee shall  recommend periodically to the Board of Trustees a spending policy associated with the investment policy and send a report on this recommendation to the Investment Committee. In addition, the Finance Committee shall review and advise with respect to compensation, benefits and all other matters affecting College employees, in such process consulting with and giving due consideration to the view of the appropriate faculty group with respect to all such concerns.
 

Membership:

  • Christopher K. Reilly, Chair
  • M. Joseph Canavan
  • Thomas P. Corcoran
  • John G. O'Hurley
  • Robert J. Palmisano
  • Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P
  • Peter Q. Thompson
     
Non-Trustee Members
 
  • John M. Sweeney
  • David J. Syner, C.P.A.

Investment Committee 

Composition:

The Investment Committee shall consist of the Executive Vice President/Treasurer of the College, the Senior Vice President for Finance & Business/Chief Financial Officer, the Chair or another Board member from the Finance Committee, and at least four (4) other members appointed by the Chair of the Board, at least one of whom shall be a member of the Board. 

Charge:

The Investment Committee is charged with the oversight and management review of all of the College’s investments, most especially its major investment portfolios. The Committee will formulate and annually review an Investment Policy Statement which shall detail the investment objectives for the College’s major investment portfolios and shall include a policy on socially responsible investing. This Investment Policy Statement shall be ratified by the Board of Trustees following its initial formulation and any periodic review.

Membership:

  • Thomas P. Corcoran, Chair
  • Mark A. Flahery
  • Paul R. Galietto
  • Robert T. Gorman
  • Thomas J. Keegan, Jr.
  • Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P.
  • Peter Q. Thompson

Non-Trustee Members

  • Sean Corridon
  • Kevin P. Quirk
  • Rev. Kevin Robb, O.P.
  • John M. Sweeney

Strategic Planning Committee 

 

Composition:

The Strategic Planning Committee shall consist of the Executive Vice President/Treasurer and at least five other members, at least three (3) of whom shall be members of the Board. 

Charge:

The Strategic Planning Committee shall oversee the strategic planning efforts of the College and shall review and make recommendations with respect to the Administration’s ongoing oversight of the Plan. Specifically, the Committee will ensure that the planning process is both inclusive and comprehensive; that existing Plan objectives are regularly evaluated and refined, and new initiatives developed in light of changing circumstances; that Plan initiatives are aligned with the College’s long-range financial plan and fundraising efforts; that objective and quantifiable metrics against which to measure success are established and annually evaluated; and that procedures are in place to facilitate effective communication and implementation of the Plan. The Committee will review and evaluate ongoing assessment efforts related to the Plan and will make formal recommendation for approval of the Plan to the Board and Corporation.

Membership:

  • John J. Glier, Chair
  • David J. Aldrich
  • Sharon T. Driscoll
  • Rev. Andrew Hofer, O.P.
  • Robert J. Palmisano
  • Christopher K. Reilly
  • Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P.

Non-Trustee Members

  • Dr. Brian J. Bartolini
  • Barbara S. Cottam
  • Dr. Fred Drogula
  • Peter M. Fasolo
  • Lynne Fraser
  • Steven J. Maurano
  • CAPT. Peter R. Smith (Ret.)
  • John M. Sweeney
  • Rafael Zapata

Student Affairs Committee 

Composition:

The Student Affairs Committee shall consist of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the President of the Student Congress, and at least seven (7) other members, including three (3) members of the Board and two (2) students to be nominated annually by the Student Congress.

Charge:

The Student Affairs Committee shall be concerned with the matters affecting the quality of student life and all extracurricular interaction with the College administration, maintaining a close relationship with student leaders and student organizations.

Membership:

  • Hon. William C. Leary, Chair
  • Catherine Little Bert
  • Duane M. Bouligny
  • Sharon T. Driscoll
  • Very Rev. Edward M. Gorman, O.P.
  • Very Rev. John A. Langlois, O.P.
  • Mary-Ellen Sposato Rogers

Non-Trustee Members

  • Robert Arruda `15
  • Charles M. Borkoski
  • Aida Cruz `15
  • Mark U. Gasbarro
  • Kristine C. Goodwin
  • John Powers
  • Dr. Steven Sears

Varsity Athletics Committee 

Composition:

The Varsity Athletics Committee shall consist of the Executive Vice President/Treasurer, the Associate Vice President for Athletics/Athletic Director, and at least six (6) other members, two (2) of whom shall be members of the Board.

Charge:

The Committee shall exercise oversight on all aspects of athletic programs and shall make recommendations to the Board on ways in which Athletics can better serve the overall mission and purpose of the College.

Membership:

  • M. Joseph Canavan, Chair
  • Karl W. Anderson
  • Catherine Little Bert
  • Thomas C. Boyan, Jr.
  • Mark A. Flaherty
  • Michael Joyce
  • Thomas J. Keegan, Jr.
  • Heidi M. Kenny
  • Hon. William C. Leary

Non-Trustee Members

  • Robert G. Driscoll, Jr.
  • Richard E. Gotham
  • Jill M. LaPoint
  • Rev. John C. Vidmar, O.P.
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