Cardinal Pio Laghi will chair the first meeting tomorrow afternoon, April 20, of the board of governors of the new University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Laghi, prefect emeritus of the Vatican-based Congregation for Catholic Education, will serve as the first chair of the 41-member board. Vice chair will be Judge Diana Murphy of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Minneapolis.

The board of governors was appointed by the St. Thomas board of trustees. The new board’s role is to provide advice and counsel to the School of Law’s faculty and staff. Members of the board will serve on its academic affairs, advancement, governance and public service committees.

Classes for St. Thomas’ School of Law will begin Aug. 20 in Terrence Murphy Hall on the university’s downtown Minneapolis campus. A new law school building is being designed and will open on the downtown campus in 2003. First-year enrollment will be approximately 80 students; the school will grow to its full enrollment of 400 to 450 students by 2008.

The new board members include legal, political, business, religious and academic leaders from the United States, Italy and Cuba. In addition to Laghi and Murphy, the board members are:

  • Lee Anderson, chairman and CEO of APi Group Inc., Golden Valley
  • David Boehnen, executive vice president, SuperValu Inc., Minneapolis
  • Dr. Richard Burke, director and former chair and CEO of United Health Group, Minnetonka
  • Rodney Burwell, chairman and CEO, Xerxes Corp., Minneapolis
  • John Carr, secretary for the Department of Social Development and World Peace, U.S. Catholic Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • James Chafoulias, president and CEO, Pioneer Paper Stock, Minneapolis
  • Michael Ciresi of the law firm Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, Minneapolis
  • Judge John Connelly, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, White Plains, N.Y.
  • Robert Dwyer Jr. of the law firm Dorsey & Whitney, New York
  • John “Hap” Fauth of The Churchill Cos., Minneapolis
  • John French of the law firm Faegre & Benson, Minneapolis
  • Sister Sally Furay, provost emerita, University of San Diego, San Diego, Calif.
  • Michael Galvin of the law firm Briggs & Morgan, St. Paul
  • Dr. Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor, Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Edward Grayson, special counsel to Honeywell International, former general counsel to Honeywell Inc., Stowe, Vt.
  • Thomas Holloran, professor with St. Thomas graduate programs and former president of Medtronic, Minneapolis
  • Gary Holmes, president and CEO, CSM Corp., St. Paul
  • B. Todd Jones, a partner with the law firm Green Espel and former U.S. attorney, Minneapolis
  • James Jundt, chairman, Jundt Associates, Minneapolis
  • Jeremy Lane, executive director, Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance, Minneapolis
  • James Larkin of the law firm Larkin, Hoffman, Daly & Lindgren, Bloomington
  • Laurence LeJeune, LeJeune Investments, Minneapolis
  • Rev. Kevin McDonough, vicar general of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
  • Priscilla McNulty, attorney, St. Paul
  • Augusto Meozzi, chief operating officer, German Isola Group, Florence, Italy
  • Dr. Esteban Morales, University of Havana, Cuba
  • John Morrison, chairman, Central Bank Group Inc., Golden Valley
  • Monsignor Terrence Murphy, chancellor, former president, University of St. Thomas
  • U.S. Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., Chisholm
  • John Ramey, partner, Private Equity Capital Corp., Westport, Conn.
  • Michael Rubino, registered investment adviser and former CIA officer, Bethesda, Md.
  • Patrick Ryan, president, Ryan Cos., Minneapolis
  • Richard Schulze, chairman and CEO, Best Buy Co. Inc., Minneapolis
  • Morris Sherman of the law firm Leonard Street & Deinard, Minneapolis
  • Brian Short, CEO, Leamington Co., Minneapolis
  • Steven Simon, CEO, Simon Ventures, Naples, Fla.
  • Monsignor Peter Vaghi, St. Patrick’s Church, former partner of the law firm Sherman and Sterling, Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. Frank Wilderson Jr., president, Wilderson and Associates Inc., Minneapolis
  • E. David Willette, chairman and CEO, Allied Vaughn Co., Minneapolis.

The board of governor’s meeting tomorrow will be held on the university’s St. Paul campus.