During its quarterly meeting on Friday, Sept. 24, Xavier University's Board of Trustees announced the addition of five new members. The board also welcomed Professor John LaRocca, S.J., to an emeritus trusteeship for life.
The five new trustees are:
• Donna Jones Baker, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati. Baker has more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience and has been in her position with the Urban League since November 2003. Her achievements have been recognized with numerous awards including the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati’s 2006 Woman of Achievement Award, a Human and Civil Rights Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Who’s Who in Black Cincinnati, Living Women History Makers Award from the Baltimore Club of the National Association of Black Professional Women’s Clubs, and Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Baltimore.
• Bruce Brown, chief technology officer for Procter & Gamble. Brown is responsible for overseeing the company’s innovation program, it’s 9,000 person global R&D organization and its nearly $2 billion annual investment in research and development. Brown also directly manages the R&D Corporate Function work, R&D Corporate Governance System, and new Technology Platform development work. In addition, he oversees the Company’s Corporate Innovation Fund and FutureWorks organization, both of which lead to creation of new business opportunities and capabilities for the future. BusinessWeek recently included Brown among the world’s Top 25 Masters of Innovation in recognition of P&G’s innovation capability. Brown has nearly 30 years experience with P&G in both development and developing markets. Brown graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of New York with a degree in chemical engineering and earned an MBA from Xavier University.
• Vincent C. Caponi, chief executive officer for St. Vincent Health, which he joined in 1998. Previously, Caponi served as president and chief executive officer at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., administrator, president and chief executive officer of St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta, Ga., chief executive officer of United Memorial Hospital in Greenville, Mich., and assistant administrator of The Memorial Hospital in Owosso, Mich. He is involved with many professional and community organizations, and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He served as board chair of Advantage Health Solutions, Inc., and has held board memberships at the American Hospital Association, Boy Scouts of America, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Health Industry Forum, Indiana Hospital and Health Association, United Way of Central Indiana and Saint Mary’s College. Caponi has served two terms on the advisory board for the graduate program in Health Services Administration at Xavier and is a mentor for the Williams College of Business. Caponi graduated from Xavier in 1972 and earned a Master of Health Administration from Central Michigan University in 1979.
• David L. Joyce, president and chief executive officer of GE Aviation, the world’s leading designer and producer of jet engines for commercial and military aircraft and a major provider of avionics, power management and actuation systems. Joyce joined GE Aviation in 1980 at its Cincinnati headquarters and became immersed for 15 years in advanced design and product development. He ran the regional and business jet commercial engine operations from 2000 through 2003, led GE’s successful bid to power China’s first indigenous commercial jet, and led the formation of the GE Honda Aero Engine Company. As vice president and general manager, Joyce managed GE’s entire commercial jet engine portfolio and launched the GEnx engine on Boeing’s new 787 and 747-8 aircraft. As GE Aviation’s president and CEO, Joyce serves on the executive committee of the Aerospace Industries Association in Washington, D.C., the Cincinnati Business Committee, the boards of United Way of Greater Cincinnati and the Tri-State Warbird Museum, and the advisory board for the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA from Xavier University.
• Jim Wainscott, chairman, president and CEO of AK Steel Corporation. Wainscott has worked in the steel industry for nearly 30 years. He began his career in the steel business with the former National Steel Corporation and joined AK Steel as vice president and treasurer in 1995. He became chief financial officer in 1998, was named president, CEO and a member of the board of directors in 2003, and was elected chairman of the board in 2006. He’s also a member of the board of directors of Parker Hannifin Corporation and is immediate past chairman of the American Iron and Steel Institute. Wainscott has served on the boards of many organizations—Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, Ball State University’s Miller College of Business, the Ohio Cancer Research Associates, the Washington, D.C.-based Business Roundtable, the Cincinnati Zoo, and the Cincinnati Business Committee, to name a few—and has been honored as one of America’s Best CEO’s by Institutional Investor magazine. He also was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Southern Vermont College. Wainscott graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ball State University and holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. He has received Distinguished Alumni awards from Notre Dame and Ball State, as well as the Award of Distinction from Ball State’s Miller College of Business. Wainscott was a featured speaker at Xavier’s Williams College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series in 2009.
• John LaRocca, S.J. LaRocca was elected to the Xavier Board of Trustees in 2004. During his six-year term, he served on the Jesuit Identity and Academic Affairs Committees. In his exemplary roles as academician and rector of Xavier’s Jesuit community, LaRocca played an important role in helping to bring academic matters and the mission of the University to the attention of the Board. For his fine record of service as a Trustee, the Board offers its grateful recognition and welcomes him to emeritus trusteeship for life.