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Fontbonne Names Board Chair, Appoints New Trustees

Joseph B. McGlynn Jr.

ST. LOUIS – The Fontbonne University board of trustees has appointed Joseph B. McGlynn Jr. the new board chair for the university. McGlynn has served on the board since 2004, most recently as chairman of the committee on institutional advancement and a member of the executive committee. He succeeds Daniel J. Ferry Jr., who served as board chair for six years.

“The university community extends our thanks and gratitude to Mr. Ferry for his many initiatives and multiple successes during his term as board chair,” said Dennis Golden, Fontbonne president. “We now look forward to Mr. McGlynn’s vision and direction as he assumes this vital leadership position.”

McGlynn, a senior partner at Kortenhof McGlynn, LLC, is a native of the St. Louis metro east area and has practiced law in Missouri and Illinois since 1959. In addition to his service to Fontbonne, he is a civic leader, having served on the boards of many organizations, including St. Patrick Center. Additionally, he is founder of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in St. Louis, and he serves as the Honorary Consul General of Ireland.

“I am very proud to be associated with and work for Fontbonne University and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet,” said McGlynn. “Being elected to chair the board of trustees is quite an honor and a challenge that I relish. Our board is, simply stated, a group of outstanding men and women whose dedication to the university and her sponsors is awe inspiring. Working with them is a delight, and I appreciate their confidence in me.”

Fontbonne also welcomes four new members to the board of trustees: Kathy C. Jones, president, The Conley Financial Group; John Lamping, managing director-investments, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC; Mary Margaret Lazio, CSJ, night nursing supervisor at the Nazareth Living Center; and Marvin R. Talley, principal, Innovative Concept Academy.

The university also announced that Carol Spehr, a Fontbonne alumna and a founder of the Fontbonne Community Connection, a women’s giving circle, has been named chair of Fontbonne’s Council of Regents, an advisory body to the university. She is the first woman to serve as chair.