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For Immediate Release: February 13, 2013

Providence College Board of Trustees Elects New Leadership 

Providence, R.I. – During its recent winter meeting, Providence College’s Board of Trustees elected John F. Killian ’77 as the new Chairman of the Board, succeeding Michael A. Ruane ’71, effective immediately. The Board also elected Christopher K. Reilly ’84 as Vice Chairman and Maureen P. Corcoran ’79 as Secretary of the Board.

Killian, who was elected to the Board in 2004, was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Verizon Communications Inc. in 2009 and remained in the position until his retirement in 2010.

“I wholeheartedly congratulate John Killian on his election as the new Chair of the Providence College Board of Trustees,” said Providence College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80. 

John F. Killian '77

“John has been a dedicated and committed board member since he first joined the board in 2004, and I look forward to working closely with him in his new role as board chair.  I also want to express my sincere appreciation to outgoing chair Michael Ruane for his unwavering support and for all that he and his family have done for Providence College, especially during his thirteen years as board chair,” Father Shanley said.

"I am thrilled to assume the chairmanship of this great institution and look forward to working with Father Shanley, the administration and our faculty to continue to provide a great educational experience for our students,” Mr. Killian said.

Killian began his career at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. in Providence before joining AT&T in 1979. He went on to hold several senior positions at NYNEX and in 1995 was appointed Chief Executive Officer of NYNEX CableComms Limited, one of the largest telecommunications, information services, and entertainment companies in the United Kingdom.

After the Bell Atlantic/ NYNEX merger in 1997, he served as Group President of International Telecommunications for Bell Atlantic. He was then appointed Vice President of Investor Relations and was the corporation’s primary liaison with the investment community.

After the Bell Atlantic/GTE merger in 2000, Killian was appointed Senior Vice President of Customer Operations for Verizon’s National Operations Group. He went on to be a leader of Verizon Telecom from 2002 until 2005, serving as Senior Vice President, Controller, and Chief Financial Officer, until becoming President of Verizon Business in 2005.

Killian is a Torchbearer of Providence College’s 1917 Society, an organization that recognizes alumni and friends who have made significant contributions to the College.  He has also served as Trustee of the National Urban League, College of New Rochelle, and is a Director and Trustee of Con Edison in New York and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Boston.

Killian received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from PC and a master’s degree in taxation from Bentley College. While a student at PC, he received “The Wall Street Journal Award” and “The Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants Award.”

Christopher K. Reilly was elected Vice Chairman of the College’s Board of Trustees. He is Co-Founder of KarpReilly, LLC, a private investment firm. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from PC and a master’s in business administration from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.






                                                                                                                               Christopher K. Reilly '84

Maureen P. Corcoran was elected Secretary of the College’s Board of Trustees. She is a C.P.A. and recently held various positions in corporate finance, including Executive Vice President at State Street Corporation in Boston. She received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from PC.






Maureen P. Corcoran '79  

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