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Saint Xavier University’s Board of Trustees Welcomes Two New Members

Suzanne Velasquez-Sheehy and Sister Georgine Scarpino selected to serve on the Board

CHICAGO (July 13, 2005) –The Board of Trustees at Saint Xavier University welcomes two new members this year, Suzanne Velasquez-Sheehy of Chicago and Sister Georgine Scarpino of Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Velasquez-Sheehy has been the principal of Clissold Elementary School in Chicago’s Morgan Park neighborhood since February of 2001. Previously, she served as an assistant principal and teacher at Seward Communication Arts Academy in Chicago. 

She also taught grades 3-8 at John Spry School in Chicago and adult education courses at Wright College. 

Velasquez-Sheehy serves on the Beverly Area Planning Association Education Committee as well as several Chicago Public School citywide committees. She is a member of Phi Delta Kappa, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum, the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association and the Illinois Principals Association. 

Velasquez-Sheehy holds a bachelor of science in elementary education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a master’s degree in educational leadership from DePaul University and is a candidate for a doctoral degree in educational leadership at DePaul.

Scarpino is currently a consultant for religious and non-profit organizations in Pennsylvania and a part-time adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh. She served as the president of the Pittsburgh Sisters of Mercy from 1996 to 2004 and taught courses at Carlow College for more than 30 years. In addition, her research work has been in several publications including the Nonprofit Management & Leadership Journal.  

Scarpino serves as a trustee on the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System Finance Committee, the Holy Cross Health Ministries Governance and Planning Committees and the Carlow College Trustee and Mission Committees. 

Scarpino holds a bachelor of arts in mathematics from Carlow College, a master of science in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame, and a secondary principal certificate from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a doctorate from the university’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Saint Xavier’s Board of Trustees is comprised of twenty-eight men and women, including alumni, Sisters of Mercy, business and civic leaders, and faculty and staff from various educational institutions.

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