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SXU’s Board of Trustees elects new chair and vice chair

John T. Costello and Sr. Georgine Scarpino, R.S.M., begin two-year terms in May

Chicago (Feb. 17, 2010) Saint Xavier University’s Board of Trustees elected a new chair, John T. Costello, and a new vice chair, Sister Georgine Scarpino, R.S.M., at its Feb. 10 meeting.

Costello and Scarpino’s two-year terms begin in May. They succeed Chair Thomas E. Chomicz and Vice Chair Patricia A. Morris, Ph.D., ’83, each having served two terms as chair and vice chair respectively.

“This marks the start of the next chapter at Saint Xavier,” said Costello.  “I look forward to working closely with the Board, its new Vice Chair Sister Georgine Scarpino, R.S.M., and with President-elect Christine M. Wiseman to ensure a firm foundation for the future of the University.  Likewise, I am most grateful to Thomas Chomicz and Patricia Morris for their extraordinary dedication, time and work on behalf of the University during their leadership terms.”  

A Saint Xavier Board of Trustees member since 2008, Costello also is a member of the following University committees: Executive Committee, Chair of the Board Committee for University Advancement, Trusteeship Committee, Investments Committee and the Board’s Ad Hoc Committee on Finances.

Costello is retired from Exelon and ComEd, where he served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer. He also served as Senior Vice President, Operations, Exelon Energy Delivery (EED).  Costello served on the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, was a director of the Chicago Central Area Committee and Chicago Central Area Research and Study Committee and is a fellow of the Leadership Greater Chicago Program. 

Costello holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in business administration from DePaul University.

Scarpino has been a Saint Xavier Board of Trustees member since 2005. She serves on the Executive Committee and is Board Committee for Investments Chairman. She lives in Pittsburgh and is a member of the New York, Pennsylvania, Pacific West Community of the Sisters of Mercy. She has been an instructor at Carnegie Mellon University and Carlow University and an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs for 25 years. Scarpino was president of the Pittsburgh Sisters of Mercy from 1996 to 2004. 

Scarpino holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Carlow University, a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and international affairs.



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