USD Announces Five New Trustees

Five new members were elected to the University of San Diego Board of Trustees and attended their first board meeting Sept. 27--29 , announced USD President James T. Harris. 

"We are extremely pleased to welcome this distinguished group of business and civic leaders to guide USD in setting the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university," said President Harris.

Chris Carr is a former executive vice president and chief procurement officer for Starbucks Coffee Company. He was recognized in 2016 and 2018 as one of the top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by Savoy magazine. Carr holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from USD and an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology. Carr also serves on the boards of Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) and Howard University.

Tom Lupfer is president and founder of Clarity Design, a San Diego-based full service manufacturing firm. He also serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the USD Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering. Clarity Design has hired more than a dozen graduates from the school and sponsors many student projects and internships. Lupfer also is the chief technology officer and co-founder of Kinetek Sports.

Michael A. Persall is founder and chairman of Encinitas-based ABP Capital and affiliated companies, as well as chairman of C3 Bank. He is an active supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Diabetes Research Foundation. He graduated from USD with a bachelor's degree in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in California.

Massih Tayebi, PhD, is a founding partner and the chairman of the Bridgewest Group, a closely held investment company headquartered in San Diego. Tayebi has a successful track record of growing more than a dozen companies from seed to multinational status, creating tens of thousands of jobs globally. He has generously donated to local and international cultural centers, including the Persian Cultural Center of San Diego. In 2016 he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the Ellis Island Honors Society.

Paul M. Purcell is a partner at Chicago-based Continental Investors where he has led the the sourcing and origination of investments for the last seven years. He is a graduate of USD and has been an active supporter of USD athletics and its Center for Peace and Commerce. 

After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2006, Purcell founded and co-directed the Drive for Breakthroughs, a charity golf outing that raised nearly $2 million in its six years of existence. He remains active in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and was the 2017 annual honoree at the Chicago Dinner of Champions and later that year was recognized as Executive of the Year by the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Sclerosis Society. Purcell also serves on a number of boards of including Sezzle, Listo!, Veritec Solutions, and Align Income Share Funding. 

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Liz Harman