Darlene Marcos Shiley was elected chair of USD’s board of trustees, effective July 1, 2007. Shiley, a community leader and respected philanthropist, has served on the board since 1990. Shiley and her husband have been major contributors to university capital projects and programs. “My husband, Donald, and I believe that when you find something you care about, you should do all you can to strengthen it so that others can benefit,” she says. As chair, she will be responsible for guiding 40 fellow board members as they direct the university’s long-range strategic planning, among other big-picture duties.

Four new trustees were welcomed to USD’s board of trustees this past summer. They are Richard K. Davis, president and chief executive officer of U.S. Bancorp; Margarita Palau Hernandez ’82, a higher education advocate; MGM Grand Resorts president and CEO John T. Redmond ’80; and business leader David H. Shaffer, the father of a current student as well as three alumni.

The School of Business will have a new dean as of August 2008. David F. Pyke, who’s serving as associate dean of the MBA program at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, has agreed to step into the position. In the meantime, he plans to visit campus regularly to attend meetings, get acquainted with the USD community, and work with Interim Dean Andy Allen to further develop the school’s strategic planning initiatives. Pyke’s research interests include manufacturing strategy, supply chain management, production planning and control, reverse logistics, e-commerce and manufacturing in China.