Press Release


Saint Mary’s College Announces New Trustees

University of Notre Dame President Emeritus, Retired Justice and Retired COO among them

Gwen O’Brien
Director of Media Relations
Saint Mary's College
(574) 284-4579

May 28, 2008 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—The Saint Mary’s College Board of Trustees elected two members and appointed two this spring. In addition, a current board member was elected to the position of treasurer. The terms, which begin in June, range from one to three years.

Rev. Edward A. Malloy, CSC, President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame, was elected to the board for a three-year term (2008-2011). Malloy is the recipient of 24 honorary degrees and has a Chair in his name at Vanderbilt University (The Reverend Edward A. Malloy Chaired Professorship in Catholic Studies). Among the numerous awards and honors Malloy has received, he is the recipient of the University of Portland’s highest award—the Christus Magister Medal. Malloy sits on the boards of several esteemed higher education institutions: the Board of Trustees, University of Notre Dame (1987-present); the Board of Governors, the University of Notre Dame Australia (1990-present); the Board of Trustees, the University of St. Thomas (1997-present); the Board of Regents, University of Portland (1985-present); the Board of Trustees, Vanderbilt University (1999 to present).

Elizabeth R. Culligan ’72, who graduated from Saint Mary's College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Economics, was elected to the College’s Board of Trustees for a three-year term (2008-2011). The Spring Lake, New Jersey resident is retired and sits on the Board of Directors of F. Schumacher & Co. (1996-present) and on the Consumer Advisory Board of Gryphon Private Equity Investors (2000-present). Her professional experience includes serving as the president and chief operating officer of The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company; president of Nabisco International, Nabisco Holdings Corporation; and president of the self-medication division in North America for Ciba-Geigy Corporation.

Elizabeth Bermingham Lacy ’66, as the new president of the Alumnae Board, was appointed to the Board of Trustees for a two-year term (2008-2010). Bermingham Lacy, a resident of Richmond, Virginia, graduated cum laude from Saint Mary’s College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and then attended law school at the University of Texas. She received a LLM (Master of Laws) at the University of Virginia School of Law in 1992. In 1985, she became the first woman to serve as a judge of the Virginia State Corporation Commission. Bermingham Lacy made history again in 1989 when she became the first woman justice on the Supreme Court of Virginia. She retired from active status on the Supreme Court of Virginia in August 2007 and assumed the status of senior justice. She is now a member of The McCammon Group, a provider of dispute resolution services based in Richmond. Recently the Virginia Law Foundation selected Bermingham Lacy to its 2008 Class of Fellows, of which total membership is limited to one percent of the active and associate members of the Virginia State Bar.

Courtney E. Parry ’09 of Michigan City, Indiana was appointed to a one-year term as the 2008-2009 Student Trustee. Parry is majoring in mathematics and computer science. She served as a resident advisor for two years and has participated in various clubs and committees, including being a member of the mathematics honor society Pi Mu Epsilon and serving as a student representative on the Madeleva (Hall) Renovation Committee.

M. Suzanne Scherer Calandra ’72, who was elected to the Saint Mary’s College Board of Trustees in 2006, was elected this spring to the position of treasurer, a three-year term (2008-2011). Calandra, of Foster City, California, graduated cum laude from Saint Mary's with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Economics. Her professional career includes her current role as controller at Stanford University, a position she’s held since 1995, controller of the Courtyard Hotel Division of Marriott Corporation, and senior audit manager at Price Waterhouse.

About Saint Mary’s College:
Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women’s institution offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study. Saint Mary’s College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women, and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross. For more information about Saint Mary’s College, visit