Friday, August 14, 2020

Coronado Resident Virginia Nelson Joins USD Board of Trustees

Four new members — Jon Balousek, Sue Cunningham, Virginia Nelson and Alan Schulman — were elected to the University of San Diego (USD) Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2020.

“It is a pleasure to welcome each of these business and civic leaders to the Board,” said President James T. Harris III. “Our strategic plan, Envisioning 2024, requires bold leadership, and we know these distinguished leaders will help guide USD in setting the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university.”

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Virginia Nelson ‘79 (JD), a resident of Coronado, is a former trial attorney who headed her own litigation firm for more than 30 years. She is Past President of the San Diego County Bar Association. Since graduation from University of San Diego School of Law cum laude, Ms. Nelson has been continually active at the School of Law as an adjunct professor and supporter of multiple scholarships and a graduation prize for law students.

Jon Balousek is an experienced Fortune 500 executive and Board Director. He currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for Fetch Rewards and runs a consulting practice. Prior to this Mr. Balousek spent 25 years at The Clorox Company — his last role being Executive Vice President of the Specialty Division and Corporate Development. He holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and is married to Jane Balousek (Rollo) ‘91.

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Sue Cunningham is the president and CEO of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), one of the largest educational associations in the world. Prior to joining CASE, Ms. Cunningham was Vice Principal for advancement at the University of Melbourne and Director of Development at the University of Oxford. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s degree from Middlesex University and is an Honorary Fellow of the Melbourne University Graduate School of Education.

Alan Schulman retired from private law practice following a 30-year career specializing in complex class action litigation. Mr. Schulman was a member of the law faculty at the University of San Diego School of Law. He was formerly the Managing Partner of the California office of Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP, and was a partner in Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach LLP from 1983 to 1999.

Two trustees, Luis Maizel and James D. Power IV ‘85, will be rotating off the Board after serving for 15 and 9 years, respectively. During his tenure, Mr. Maizel served on the following committees: Investment, Finance and Executive, where he was Vice Chair. He also served on the School of Business Board of Advisors. Mr. Power served on the Mission & Institutional Advancement, Student Affairs, Executive, Finance, Campaign Steering, University Advancement, and Trustees committees. He also served as Chair of the Alumni Board.

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