Monmouth University elects new board member and trustees
LONG WEST BRANCH, NJ – At its June 24 meeting, the Monmouth University Board of Trustees elected a new Board member and two new members with terms starting July 1. Denis J. Gallagher ’76 has been elected secretary of the board, while Carol A. Stillwell and Mark J. Skesavage ’11M begin their service as regular members.
“It is a privilege to serve in this leadership role at my alma mater,” said Gallagher. “I have been delighted to be at the forefront of Monmouth’s incredible academic growth and financial success, especially in recent years. I know an even brighter future is ahead thanks to the leadership of President Leahy and the dedication of my fellow Board members.
Gallagher, a successful entrepreneur with over 40 years of experience in various industries, is currently President of BOLD Capital Group, LLC, based in Charleston, South Carolina, and is an active member of the Board of Directors of MediPure Pharmaceutical Inc, a Canadian biopharmaceutical incubator. , as well as several boards of directors of private companies. He is also President and Principal Owner of Front and Center Entertainment, which produces the highly acclaimed “Front and Center” and “Speakeasy” television shows seen on cable and public television across the United States. Gallagher is also a principal investor in Novo Media Group, a Los Angeles-based television and film development and production company.
Gallagher then attended Monmouth College on a sports scholarship and was a member of the men’s basketball team. After earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration, he became an assistant coach for then coaches Bill Boylan and Ron Kornegay. He was a former member of the Board of Visitors, and in 1987 he was the youngest member ever elected to the Board of Directors. In 1992 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award and in 2019 he joined the Board of Trustees of Monmouth University. Gallagher received the Distinguished Business Leaders Award from Monmouth University in 2020.
Stillwell, of Colts Neck, New Jersey, is entering her second term on the board, after serving from 2012 to 2020. She is also former secretary of the board, former co-chair of the scholarship campaign for Students Together We Can, recipient of the Monmouth University Distinguished Business Leaders Award in 2018 and the Maurice Pollak Award for Distinguished Community Service in 2010. Stillwell, Owner, President and CEO of Stillwell-Hansen, Inc., also served on the board of directors of Riverview Medical Center Foundation, as chair of the Ride for Riverview event, and is involved with many local charities including Meridian Health, ALS, Fulfill and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Skesavage, a resident of West Allenhurst, New Jersey, is CEO of JMS Plastics Supply, Inc., a national distributor of materials for the orthopedic and prosthetic markets, located in Neptune, New Jersey. Previously, he was Treasurer of the Americas for Lucas Industries, Inc. in Reston, Virginia, and Buffalo, New York. An active volunteer, Skesavage has served as treasurer of the board of directors of the Asbury Park Center, a non-profit organization that provides housing and services to people living with HIV / AIDS. He was also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
In addition to earning his Master of Arts in History from Monmouth University in 2011, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Seton Hall University and a Master of Business Administration from the Fairleigh Dickinson University.
“Mark will be an exceptional addition to our dedicated Board of Trustees who will bring diverse perspectives, as well as business and financial acumen to the governance of our university,” said Patrick F. Leahy, President of the University. from Monmouth. “Each member is essential to help us implement our new strategic plan and ensure careful oversight of our ongoing operations. I am very happy to welcome Carol Stillwell back to our Board of Directors and grateful to Denis Gallagher for taking on additional leadership responsibilities. I would also like to thank Fred Kaeli for his loyal service to the Board and his continued commitment as a Director Emeritus. “
The Monmouth University Board of Trustees is made up of 32 regular members who are elected for four-year terms and are divided into four class years. The council operates within the conventional framework of academic governance of higher education for independent institutions. Board members are concerned with matters of higher education and share a specific and genuine involvement with Monmouth University.
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