Four named to University of St. Thomas Board of Trustees
The University of St. Thomas has named John Bannigan Jr., Patricia Dorn Jaffray, Sister Carol Keehan, D.C., and Geoffrey Gage to its board of trustees.
- Bannigan, a retired St. Paul attorney, earned his bachelor's degree from St. Thomas in 1958. A past president of and a longtime volunteer in the university's Alumni Association, he will represent the association on the board for a two-year term. He is a retired senior partner of Bannigan and Kelly, P.A., and has held numerous positions in local government. He also has been an adjunct instructor at St. Thomas.
- Jaffray, of Wayzata, is a longtime community volunteer. A graduate of Smith College in Massachusetts, she has served on boards of numerous health care, arts and gardening organizations: Family & Children's Services, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Children's Hospital, the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, the American Red Cross, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Minnesota Orchestral Association, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Wayzata and Lake Minnetonka garden clubs and the Garden Club of America.
- Keehan, a sister of the Daughters of Charity religious order, is president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association of the United States. Most recently, she was the board chair of Ascension Health's Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, Fla. Previously, she served for 15 years as president and CEO of Providence Hospital, which includes Carroll Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in Washington, D.C. She has served on numerous boards of health care organizations and has been a member of several health, labor and domestic policy committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
- Gage, of Hamel, is founder and president of the Geoffrey Carlson Gage marketing and advertising firm. He has a bachelor's degree from Augsburg College and earned a Master of Business Communication degree from St. Thomas in 1997. He has served on the boards of Carlson Companies Inc. and Gage Marketing Group (family businesses), A.C.E.S. (Athletes Committed to Educating Students), ARC Hennepin-Carver, the Excelsior chapter of Rotary International and the Excelsior Chamber of Commerce.
The St. Thomas board now has 41 members.