New members join Xavier University Board of Trustees

Updated: 4:25 PM CST

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Four New Members Join Xavier University Board of Trustees


NEW ORLEANS (November 2, 2015) – Xavier University of Louisiana has announced the addition of four new members to its Board of Trustees at the annual fall meeting of its governing board.

Named to initial three-year terms were: New Orleans Regional Transit Authority CEO and Veolia Transportation VP Justin Augustine III, S.B.S. President Sister Donna Breslin S.B.S., U.S. Federal District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle, and Liberty Bank President Alden J. McDonald.

In other board news, Michael Rue, President of Marketplace Properties in Anaheim CA, retained his leadership position as Chair of the now 21-member Board, while Morgan Stanley Investments Vice Chairman Carla Harris returned to the board after a one-year absence.

Other members of the board include: Mark Goodman, Bishop Curtis John Guillory S.V.D., Sister Stehanie Henry S.B.S., Dr. Toni Hoover, Gladstone Jones III, Dr. Marie McDemmond ’68, James Mitchell Jr., Marc Morial, Sister Jane Norton S.B.S., Sonia Perez, Sister Marianne Poole S.B.S., Sister Barbara Specker S.B.S., Frank Stewart, Roderick West, and Mary Zervigon.

Justin Augustine III

Augustine, a 1980 Xavier gradate, currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority and Vice President of Veolia Transportation.

A management and finance professional with more than 28 years of experience in the fields of transportation management and finance/accounting, he has managed numerous multi-modal transit agencies including Capital Metro in Austin TX and The Africa Transportation Company in Johannesburg (South Africa), as well as various transit agencies in both Arizona and Washington.

Sister Donna Breslin, S.B.S.

Sister Donna was installed as the new President of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament August 29, 2015. She has been an S.B.S. Religious since 1979, serving as a social worker for over twenty years in various cities across the United States and in Haiti.

She also is a former Administration and Leadership Councilor of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University.

Ivan L.R. Lemelle

Lemelle, a 1971 Xavier graduate, is a Federal District Judge for the U.S. District Court based in New Orleans, who is occasionally called upon to serve as visiting judge in federal district and appellate courts throughout the Nation. Prior to this lifetime appointment by President Bill Clinton in 1998, he was the first African American Federal Magistrate Judge in Louisiana upon appointment by the court in 1984.

His extensive and varied experience includes service in litigating civil and criminal cases; presiding as judge pro tem in local courts; working in judicial and public interest clerkships; and teaching high school, college and law school students.

Alden J. McDonald

Alden J. McDonald, Jr. is President, Chief Executive Officer, director, and a founder of Liberty Bank and Trust Co., a privately-held bank that is one of the five largest African-American-owned financial institutions in the United States. Since its founding in 1972, Liberty Bank has grown from one New Orleans office to 19 branch offices and loan production offices in six metropolitan areas and six states.

Including his 40 years with Liberty Bank, McDonald has been a financial institution and banking entrepreneur for more than 44 years. His extensive banking industry experience provides him with significant knowledge in addressing financial, accounting, and regulatory matters.

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