Five Join Xavier University's Board of Trustees

September 24, 2010

Xavier University today announced the addition of five new members to the University’s Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees also welcomed John LaRocca, S.J. to an emeritus trusteeship for life.

The five new trustees are:

·         Donna Jones Baker, President/CEO of the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati

·         Bruce Brown, Chief Technology Officer for Procter & Gamble

·         Vincent C. Caponi, Chief Executive Officer for St. Vincent Health

·         David L. Joyce, President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Aviation

·         Jim Wainscott, Chairman, President and CEO of AK Steel Corporation.

Below is more information about each of the new trustees.

Donna Jones Baker

Donna Jones Baker has more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience.  She is the President/CEO of the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati, a position she has held since November 2003.  The Urban League is a high profile, community-based, organization dedicated to developing and delivering high quality programs and services for the underserved and that develops a multitude of opportunities for individuals and families.  Since joining the Urban League, Ms. Baker has worked with community members to develop League strategic plans, fine-tuned programs, and added an element of social entrepreneurship for the League so that revenue generating initiatives help fuel growth and development of much needed programs.

The Urban League board of trustees and the community benefit from Ms. Baker’s educational mix of a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work earned at Murray State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, earned at the University of Baltimore. She has participated in several leadership programs including the Urban League’s African American Leadership Development Program, Leadership Cincinnati, the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Leadership Program, LEADERSHIP Maryland, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School Program for Senior Executives.

In addition to numerous speaking engagements, examples of her considerable community involvement include serving as co-chairperson of Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory’s Complete Count Committee (an initiative designed to ensure an accurate 2010 Census count) and of PULSE the Women’s Fund regional study on the status of women and girls in Greater Cincinnati; member of the Board of the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce; and member, Cincinnati Chapter, Links, Incorporated.  Ms. Baker is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, a community service sorority.

Ms. Baker’s achievements have been recognized with numerous awards. Featured on that list are:  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

Bruce Brown is the Chief Technology Officer at Procter & Gamble, 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 R&D.  He works to create innovations while building innovation capabilities, organizations, and systems to help P&G deliver its long-term organic growth goals, 70-80% of which is driven by innovation.  Mr. 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.  Through his broad responsibilities, Mr. Brown partners extensively with external suppliers, entrepreneurs, governments, and networks globally.  As part of his FutureWorks responsibility, he serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board of MDVIP, a wholly owned subsidiary of P&G.  Business Week recently included Mr. Brown among the world’s Top 25 Masters of Innovation, in recognition of P&G’s innovation capability.

Mr. Brown has nearly 30 years experience with P&G in both development and developing markets, including Cincinnati; Schwalbach, Germany; and, Kobe, Japan.  Leading teams in Baby Care, Feminine Care, and Beauty Care, Bruce created innovation programs and capabilities that drove strong and sustained business growth.

Mr. Brown was born in Rockville Center, New York, and graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of New York with a degree in Chemical Engineering and earned an MBA from Xavier University. 

Vincent C. Caponi 

Vincent C. Caponi is the Chief Executive Officer for St. Vincent Health. He joined St.Vincent Health in September 1998.  Previously, Mr. Caponi served as president and chief executive officer at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama; administrator, president and chief executive officer of St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta, Georgia; chief executive officer of United Memorial Hospital in Greenville, Michigan, and assistant administrator of The Memorial Hospital in Owosso, Michigan.

Mr. Caponi is involved with many professional and community organizations. He 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 (Crossroads of America Council), 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.  Mr. Caponi has served two terms on the Advisory Board for Graduate Programs Health Services Administration at Xavier. He is a mentor for the Williams College of Business.

Mr. Caponi graduated from Xavier University with a BA in 1972 and earned a MHA from Central Michigan University in 1979. 

David L. Joyce   

David L. Joyce is 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.

He joined GE Aviation in 1980 at its Cincinnati, Ohio headquarters, and became immersed for 15 years in advanced design and product development, contributing to nine jet engine families for 15 aircraft models.  He then expanded into Six Sigma quality leadership roles, and headed GE Aviation’s Customer and Product Support organization, supporting the global fleets of more than 500 customers.  Every two seconds an airplane is taking off somewhere in the world, powered by engines from GE or its affiliates.

Mr. Joyce ran the regional and business jet commercial engine operations from 2000 through 2003 during the explosive growth in regional jet operations in the U.S.  Mr. Joyce also led GE’s successful bid to power the ARJ Regional Jet, China’s first indigenous commercial jet, and led the formation of the GE Honda Aero Engine Company, a new joint company between GE and Honda of Japan, which is creating engines for new lightweight small business jets.

Mr. Joyce spent the next five years as Vice President and General Manager, managing 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, David is active in the industry and community.  He serves on the executive committee of the Aerospace Industries Association in Washington, D.C.  At home, he serves on the Cincinnati Business Committee (co-chairing the group’s Education Task Force), on 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.

Mr. Joyce earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA from Xavier University.

James L. Wainscott

James L. Wainscott is the Chairman, President and CEO of AK Steel Corporation.  Mr. Wainscott has served in the steel industry for nearly 30 years.  He began his career in the steel business with the former National Steel Corporation where he held a number of executive level positions.  He joined AK Steel as Vice President and Treasurer in 1995 and became Chief Financial Officer in 1998.  He was named President, CEO and a member of the Board of Directors in 2003, and he was elected Chairman of the Board in 2006.

Mr. Wainscott is also a member of the Board of Directors of Parker Hannifin Corporation.  He is the immediate past Chairman of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), currently serving as AISI’s Vice Chairman.  He serves as Vice Chair of the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation and is a member of the Executive Advisory Board of Ball State University’s Miller College of Business.  He is also a member of Ball State’s National Philanthropy Council, the Campaign Board of Ohio Cancer Research Associates, the Washington, D.C.-based Business Roundtable, and the Ohio Export Advisory Group of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.

He is a past Board member of the Cincinnati Zoo and Anthony Muňoz Foundation and was an Executive Committee member of the Commercial Club of Cincinnati.  He is past Co-chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council for Valparaiso University’s College of Business and is a former member of the Cincinnati Business Committee.  He and his wife, Darla, served as Co-chairs of the Children’s Home of Cincinnati’s Building on a Legacy of Excellence campaign.

Mr. Wainscott has been honored as one of America’s Best CEO’s by Institutional Investor magazine.  He has received the Gary Memorial Medal, AISI’s highest honor, for his lifelong contributions to the North American steel industry.  In addition, he has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Southern Vermont College.

Mr. Wainscott graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ball State University with a BS in accounting and he 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.  Mr. Wainscott was a featured speaker at Xavier’s Williams College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series in 2009.

John LaRocca, S.J.

Fr. LaRocca was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2004. During his six-year term, he served on the Jesuit Identity and Academic Affairs Committees. In his exemplary roles an academician and rector of Xavier’s Jesuit community, Fr. 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.


Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition. Founded in 1831, the university is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranks it No. 3 among master’s-level universities in the Midwest, and The Princeton Review names it as one of the “Best 373 Colleges in America.”