In order to keep you apprised of progress of the search, relevant and timely communications from Michele Ridge, Chair of the Seton Hill University Board of Trustees will be posted here.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Message from Seton Hill University Board Chair Michele Ridge

New President Mary Finger

Following an extensive national search, I am pleased to share with you that Seton Hill University’s Board of Trustees overwhelmingly elected Mary Finger, Ed.D. as Seton Hill’s tenth president.  Dr. Finger will assume the role by July 1. 

After reviewing more than 70 nominations submitted to our search firm, R.H. Perry & Associates, for the Seton Hill presidency, Mary Finger emerged as the top candidate.  She is a visionary leader with a 28-year career in higher education, most recently at DePaul University in Chicago.  

The naming of Mary Finger as Seton Hill’s new president completes a year-long process.  This is truly an important moment in the life of our alma mater. 

I am grateful to the Presidential Search Committee members:  Vice Chair James Breisinger, Debra Faszer-McMahon, Ph.D., Sylvia Fields, Executive Director of the Eden Hall Foundation, Sr. Gertrude Foley, D. Min., Matthew Galando, Emily Namachar, Sr. Maureen O’Brien, Joshua Sasmor, Ph.D., Rebecca Snyder, Karen Farmer White, and Sr. Susan Yochum, Ph.D.  The Committee spent hundreds of hours on our search which began last April. 

I am also thankful to everyone who participated thoughtfully in our meetings and session groups including The Most Reverend Lawrence Brandt, Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg, Provincial Superior Sr. Catherine Meinert and the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, President’s Council, administrators, faculty, students, staff, alumni, Trustees, and community leaders.  As part of its deliberations, the Presidential Search Committee offered the opportunity for all constituents to meet and interact with our candidates.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Mary Finger to Seton Hill University.  She has outstanding professional experience and possesses the creativity and talent to take Seton Hill confidently into the future.  All of us look forward to working together to advance our special university.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Message from Seton Hill University Board Chair Michele Ridge

Presidential Search Profile & Nomination Procedure

The Presidential Search Committee invites nominations and applications for the next President of Seton Hill University.

Nominations may be submitted by contacting our search consultant, R. H. Perry & Associates.  

Applications, nominations and inquiries may be directed, in confidence, to Mr. Matthew Kilcoyne, Vice President, or Dr. Roger Martin, Senior Consultant, R.H. Perry & Associates by email,

Monday, August 5, 2013

Message from Seton Hill University Board Chair Michele Ridge

Presidential Search Firm On Campus

Mr. Matthew Kilcoyne and Dr. Roger "Rusty" Martin, consultants from R. H. Perry & Associates, the presidential search firm facilitating the recruitment and selection of a successor to JoAnne Boyle, Seton Hill's President Emerita, will be on campus on August 14, 15, and 16 to speak to key University constituencies about their thoughts and expectations for Seton Hill's next president.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Message from Seton Hill University Board Chair Michele Ridge

JoAnne Boyle Named President Emerita

The Seton Hill University Board of Trustees conducted a special meeting on Thursday, June 27, 2013 and voted unanimously to designate JoAnne Boyle President Emerita of Seton Hill.  In addition, JoAnne Boyle will remain with the University, on sabbatical as full professor, for fiscal year 2013-2014.

The President Emerita title affirms in a powerful way JoAnne Boyle’s outstanding leadership of Seton Hill University and acknowledges her long-term commitment and abiding devotion to the University.  

Sr. Catherine Meinert, Provincial Superior and President of the U.S. Province of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill wrote the prayer below this message in honor of JoAnne Boyle.  I ask you to join me in offering this prayer for our dear President Emerita.

Celebrating Retirement and Blessing JoAnne Boyle

Come, O Lord of Heaven and Earth, and be present with us today as we honor JoAnne.  Our valued president is retiring after many years of dedication to the students, faculty and staff of Seton Hill University.

We ask your blessing on JoAnne for all her caring and compassion and the friendship she has shown to all of us.

We ask your blessing upon JoAnne for her leadership as president of Seton Hill University and her many accomplishments.

We ask your blessing upon JoAnne as she begins this new time in her life’s journey.

We ask your blessing upon JoAnne knowing that she will always be open to the needs of others.

Thanksgiving fills our hearts for all JoAnne has accomplished during these years at Seton Hill University.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Former Ford Motor Company Executive Named Seton Hill University’s Interim President 

Bibiana Boerio’s Appointment Begins August 1, 2013

Bibiana Boerio, former senior Ford executive, has been named Interim President of Seton Hill University.  The announcement was made by Michele Ridge, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees.  Ms. Boerio will serve in this role as a national search is conducted for a successor to JoAnne Boyle, who is retiring from Seton Hill following 25 years at the helm of the University.  Ms. Boerio’s appointment is effective August 1, 2013.

“We are extremely pleased that Bibiana “Bibie” Boerio has agreed to serve as Interim President for Seton Hill University,” said Ridge.  “She is a distinguished businesswoman and will provide keen leadership during an important period in the University’s history.  She has a clear appreciation of and commitment to Seton Hill’s distinctive identity as a Catholic, liberal arts institution.” 

JoAnne Boyle said, “Bibiana Boerio has been an instrumental part of Seton Hill’s move forward through her active participation in the life of the University as a Trustee and distinguished graduate.  When you work with Bibie you sense immediately her energy, her passion and her acuity.  Her business acumen will continue to help the University on many levels, but particularly as we work on campus expansion projects that will enhance the Seton Hill experience for all students.”

Sr. Catherine Meinert, Provincial Superior and President of the U.S. Province of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill said, "As the sponsoring religious community for Seton Hill University, the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill are delighted that Bibiana Boerio will serve as Interim President.  We are confident that she will continue to advance the legacy of our distinctive Setonian tradition."

Ridge continued, “Ms. Boerio worked at the heart of the automobile industry with diverse leadership roles.  She exemplifies the potential we see in Seton Hill students today.”   

A native of Latrobe, Pa., Ms. Boerio graduated from Greensburg Central Catholic High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in textiles and design from Seton Hill University.  She then completed a Master of Business Administration degree in accounting and finance at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Business.

In 2007, Boerio retired from Ford Motor Company after more than 31 years.  Her career included assignments in corporate finance and strategy, global marketing and operations.  She served as Managing Director for Jaguar Cars, Ltd., based in Warwickshire, England, with profit responsibility for global marketing and sales, including:  global brand development, pricing, marketing, sales, and volume planning.  While managing director, Boerio led the development and implementation of the Jaguar revitalization strategy which included new brand positioning, a new product plan, and revised distribution strategies.  

As Ford Motor Credit Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Boerio was responsible for financial reporting for the global business, and developed a new business and funding strategy with expanded investor, press, and rating agency communications (Credit University), and enhanced SEC reporting.

Following her retirement from Ford Motor Company, from 2008 until 2010 Boerio served as Chief of Staff for Congressman Joe Sestak, a retired Navy admiral, who represented Pennsylvania’s seventh congressional district.  

In 2011, Boerio served as Special Advisor to Sandy Baruah, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce.  In this role, Boerio provided consultation on strategic planning, process improvement and development and launch of the MICHauto program.

In September 2012, Boerio was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as Director of the U.S. Mint.  While the U.S. Senate did not act on the nomination before the congressional session ended in January 2013, Ms. Boerio requested the re-nomination for the appointment be withheld because of her mother’s health condition. 

“It is humbling to return to my alma mater to continue the outstanding work of our beloved President, JoAnne Boyle,” said Bibiana Boerio.  “I look forward to working with Trustees, Seton Hill’s administrative team, faculty, students and staff to carry on the momentum that President Boyle has driven.”  Boerio continued, “I believe that my passion for Seton Hill and the contributions made by the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill along with my experience as a leader of complex organizations in both business and government will provide the necessary foundation to ensure the University’s continuing progress.”    

Boerio has served on the Advisory Board for the University of Pittsburgh David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership.  In addition, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Vista Maria, a non-profit organization supporting high-risk girls in Dearborn, Michigan.  Boerio served as the chair of the Coventry Business Group in support of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in the United Kingdom.    

Boerio’s awards include the D.G. Sisterson Fellowship Award, the Seton Hill University Distinguished Alumna Leadership Award, a recognition she shared with twin sister, Juliana Boerio-Goates (also a Seton Hill graduate and professor of physical chemistry at Brigham Young University); and designation as a University of Pittsburgh Legacy Laureate. She was named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania in 2004 and was honored as the Harper and Chanel U.K. Businesswoman of the Year in 2006.  In 2013, the University of Pittsburgh recognized Boerio with the University’s 225th Anniversary Medallion.  

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Message from Seton Hill University Board Chair Michele Ridge

Presidential Search Committee Update

The Presidential Search Committee met on April 26 and April 27, 2013 to interview four professional search firms. The proposal and interview process was competitive.

On May 6, 2013, based upon the recommendation of the Presidential Search Committee, the Executive Compensation Committee of the Seton Hill University Board of Trustees authorized the engagement of the executive search firm R. H. Perry & Associates to assist the Presidential Search Committee in identifying and screening potential candidates.  

Founded in 1974, R. H. Perry & Associates is dedicated to assisting institutions of higher education in the identification and selection of their leadership. The firm’s higher education practice consists of a group of senior-level executives with a well-balanced mix of college and university presidential experience and executive search experience.  

The leadership team has extensive experience serving Catholic institutions of higher education. Dr. Roger Martin and Mr. Matthew Kilcoyne will serve as lead consultants for Seton Hill’s search. The search will be national in scope and both internal and external candidates will be considered.

An important part of the search process will be the pre-search study which includes interviews conducted by R. H. Perry & Associates with key stakeholders, including faculty, members of Seton Hill’s executive management team and other key stakeholders as identified. These interviews will commence in August 2013.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Message from Seton Hill University Board Chair Michele Ridge
Presidential Search Committee Update

The Seton Hill University Presidential Search Committee conducted its first working meeting on Wednesday, April 3. One of the outcomes of the meeting was the selection of four professional search firms by the Presidential Search Committee. Interviews with each of the identified firms will occur on Seton Hill’s campus later this month. The Presidential Search Committee affirmed that the search for the University’s next president will be national in scope. Both internal and external candidates will be considered. It is estimated that the search process will take approximately five months.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Message from Seton Hill University Board Chair Michele Ridge
Special Board of Trustees Meeting

The Seton Hill University Board of Trustees conducted a special meeting on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 and voted to begin a national search for a new president of Seton Hill University and to form a Presidential Search Committee. The Board also decided to engage the assistance of a professional search firm in order to identify and assess the best possible candidates. The membership of the Presidential Search Committee will be announced soon.

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Letter from Seton Hill University Board Chair Michele Ridge
Announcement of President JoAnne Boyle’s Retirement

The following letter was sent to Seton Hill University alumni, students, parents and friends from Michele Ridge, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees.

Dear Alumni, Students, Parents and Friends,

Greetings from Seton Hill University. I write to inform you that JoAnne Boyle, the University’s longest serving president, will retire on June 30, 2013, or when a successor is named. She became president in 1987 and is in her 25th year at the helm.

JoAnne Boyle has been a courageous leader of Seton Hill. During her presidency, Seton Hill has grown from a small women’s undergraduate college to a coeducational university enrolling more than 2,500 students with strengthened academic and financial foundations.  With careful attention to both, President Boyle has led Seton Hill forward by choosing to invest campus resources in programs, faculty, key personnel and facilities that will position the University as an educational leader in the arts, the sciences and mobile technology.  Please find accompanying this letter a biography (pdf). that features background on JoAnne Boyle’s tenure.

With the entire University Board of Trustees, I express deep gratitude to President Boyle for her tremendous work, long-term commitment and abiding devotion to Seton Hill.

The Board is in the process of formalizing the search process to select JoAnne Boyle’s successor. A selection committee, that I chair, will be created and composed of trustees, alumni, faculty and student representatives. The selection committee will review candidates and recommend finalists to the Board of Trustees.

President Boyle has prepared us well for this moment in our history.  During the last decade, the University has raised over $105 million in gifts and pledges for the renovation and construction of facilities, the expansion of academic programs and the Seton Hill endowment. We recently completed the strategic plan for 2013-18 that is grounded in our mission as a Catholic liberal arts institution; we are currently in the leadership gifts phase of fund raising that will support Seton Hill’s $90 million campus expansion plan and we remain committed to enhancing the City of Greensburg’s status as a premier destination.  Seton Hill University has a clear vision for the future and is poised for this presidential transition.

President Boyle has done so much for this special university—she has certainly brought us many new horizons toward which Seton Hill will continue to move while ensuring that our students are, as Elizabeth Ann Seton promised her own students “fit…for that world in which you are destined to live.”  

Thank you for your continuing support of Seton Hill University.  

Warm regards,

Michele Moore Ridge
Chair, Board of Trustees