Notre Dame de Namur University’s Board Welcomes Four New Trustees

Belmont, CA, March 1, 2011— Notre Dame de Namur University today announced the election of four new members to its Board of Trustees. The four are Richard Giardina, Ph.D. of San Francisco, Carlos Collazo of Atherton, CA, Richard Roche of Los Altos, CA, and Marc Desautels of San Francisco, the latter two of whom have served on the Board previously.

“I am excited to have such a diverse team of people joining our Board this year,” said President Judith Maxwell Greig, Ph.D. “I know that they will contribute greatly to our school with the knowledge and expertise that they have to share with us.”

Dr. Giardina served as Interim Provost for Academic Affairs at NDNU from April 2008 to December 2009. Previously, he was also associate director of the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC) and the Associate Vice President for Academic Planning and Assessment at San Francisco State University. He holds a Ph.D. in International Politics from Princeton University and is a graduate of Fordham University.

Mr. Collazo is the Chairman and CEO of MARSYS, a private company that specializes in providing IT-services.  He has very broad experience in developing high technology for domestic and international corporations. MARSYS has been hugely successful in their digital media platforms for companies such as Coca-Cola.

Mr. Roche has owned R. T. Roche & Associates, a real estate appraisal business, for over 30 years. He received a business degree from NDNU (then CND) through the evening completion program in 1982. Mr. Roche also holds an Associates degree from Foothill College.  He and his wife Susan established an endowed scholarship fund to provide more students with the opportunity to receive an NDNU education.

Mr. Desautels, president of Desautels Company in San Francisco, has previously served as Chair of the Board. and returns to the Board after a year’s absence. He has been a Board member for the past 20 years.  Mr. Destautels is also a former president of Polaris Aircraft Leasing. Although retired from Desautels Company for the past 15 years, he is still a principal of the company.