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Saint Xavier announces new Board of Trustees

Three new trustees and one life trustee elected

Chicago (June 4, 2007) – The Board of Trustees at Saint Xavier University elected three new trustees to three-year terms and one life trustee during its spring meeting in May.

Mary Therese Galligan Small (’54), Peter M. Shannon III and Joseph A. Balasa took office as new trustees, and Sister Lois M. Graver (’57), R.S.M., is a life trustee, effective May 10.

Small, of River Forest, is an honors graduate of Saint Xavier and a member of the Golden Graduate Society (‘49ers). Before retiring in 2002, she specialized in corporate marketing research for three major U.S. food companies for more than 30 years. She chaired the President’s Library Advisory Council in fall 2006, and is a member of the Architecture Selection Committee.

Shannon, of LaGrange, has been president of Dormie Capital LLC in LaGrange since 2002. He has a C.F.A. from the CFA Institute (formerly AIMR), an MBA in finance from DePaul University, and a B.A. in economics from Georgetown University.

Balasa, of Chicago’s Morgan Park neighborhood, has been chief operating officer of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce since 1998. He is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the chamber, managing a staff of 24, overseeing new member recruitment, member benefits and the budget. He has a B.S. in business administration from DePaul University.

Graver, of Chicago’s Mount Greenwood neighborhood, is treasurer for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Regional Community of Chicago. She has worked for the Sisters of Mercy in an administrative capacity since 1976. Previously, she worked at the systems research and development division application in programming at Continental Bank of Chicago. She also taught in the physics and math departments at Saint Xavier University. Graver has an M.S. in physics from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in mathematics from Saint Xavier University. She was a member of the University’s Board of Trustees from 1973 to 2006.

Saint Xavier’s Board of Trustees is comprised of 25 men and women, including alumni, Sisters of Mercy, business and civic leaders, and faculty from other Catholic institutions. The Board is charged with oversight of Saint Xavier’s campuses in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood neighborhood and Orland and its Loop location.


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.

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