La Roche College Board of Trustees Announces New Chair and Vice Chair

PITTSBURGH, June 30, 2015 – The Board of Trustees at La Roche College recently elected Kathryn Jolley ’81, ASID, LEED AP, as board chair and Brad Franc, Esquire, as vice chair.

Kathryn_Jolley“We are fortunate to have the expertise and dedication of Kathryn and Brad on our board, and we are most grateful for their willingness to serve in these key leadership positions,” La Roche President Sister Candace Introcaso, CDP, Ph.D. said. “We take special pride in having a distinguished alumna serve as board chair for the first time in the College’s history. Kathryn has served La Roche in a number of significant ways since her graduation in 1981, and she brings a unique perspective to her new role as board chair.”

Ms. Jolley, of Washington, Pa., joined the board in 2006 and is the first alumna to be elected as chair. During the last 30 years, her relationship with La Roche has expanded and matured; since graduation she has served as president of the Interior Design Advisory Board, adjunct member of the interior design faculty, design student employer and mentor, member and vice chair of the Board of Trustees, and chair of the Advancement Committee. Ms. Jolley is an inaugural member of the College’s Distinguished Alumni Circle, which honors graduates for their outstanding professional achievements and community service.

Ms. Jolley and her husband, Greg Madej, AIA, are principals of DRS Architects, a 27-person architecture, interior design and planning firm that provides services to a broad spectrum of college and university, laboratory, hospitality, government, office and retail clients. Active in the Pittsburgh design community, she has served twice as president of the local chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. Ms. Jolley also is a member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW).

Mr. Franc, an attorney director and shareholder at Houston Harbaugh, P.C., has been a board member at La Roche since 2010. Mr. Franc has been named one of the top attorneys in Pennsylvania by PA Super Lawyers, a Five Start Wealth Manager by Pittsburgh Magazine and one of the top 100 attorneys across the nation by Worth Magazine. He has worked with more than 600 family and closely held business owners in helping them develop and execute organized and structured succession plans. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law.

In addition to his service to La Roche, he has served as a board member for Passavant Hospital Foundation, the Pittsburgh chapter of the World Presidents’ Organization, Catalyst Connection and the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Franc and his wife, Carol, live in Sewickley, Pa.

About La Roche College:A private liberal arts college in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche College offers more than 50 undergraduate and five graduate degree programs, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential college provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,400 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche College embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche College educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society. – The Board of Trustees at La Roche College recently elected Kathryn Jolley ’81, ASID, LEED AP, as board chair and Brad Franc, Esquire, as vice chair.

“We are fortunate to have the expertise and dedication of Kathryn and Brad on our board, and we are most grateful for their willingness to serve in these key leadership positions,” La Roche President Sister Candace Introcaso, CDP, Ph.D. said. “We take special pride in having a distinguished alumna serve as board chair for the first time in the College’s history. Kathryn has served La Roche in a number of significant ways since her graduation in 1981, and she brings a unique perspective to her new role as board chair.”

Ms. Jolley, of Washington, Pa., joined the board in 2006 and is the first alumna to be elected as chair. During the last 30 years, her relationship with La Roche has expanded and matured; since graduation she has served as president of the Interior Design Advisory Board, adjunct member of the interior design faculty, design student employer and mentor, member and vice chair of the Board of Trustees, and chair of the Advancement Committee. Ms. Jolley is an inaugural member of the College’s Distinguished Alumni Circle, which honors graduates for their outstanding professional achievements and community service.

Ms. Jolley and her husband, Greg Madej, AIA, are principals of DRS Architects, a 27-person architecture, interior design and planning firm that provides services to a broad spectrum of college and university, laboratory, hospitality, government, office and retail clients. Active in the Pittsburgh design community, she has served twice as president of the local chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. Ms. Jolley also is a member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW).

Mr. Franc, an attorney director and shareholder at Houston Harbaugh, P.C., has been a board member at La Roche since 2010. Mr. Franc has been named one of the top attorneys in Pennsylvania by PA Super Lawyers, a Five Start Wealth Manager by Pittsburgh Magazine and one of the top 100 attorneys across the nation by Worth Magazine. He has worked with more than 600 family and closely held business owners in helping them develop and execute organized and structured succession plans. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law.

In addition to his service to La Roche, he has served as a board member for Passavant Hospital Foundation, the Pittsburgh chapter of the World Presidents’ Organization, Catalyst Connection and the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Franc and his wife, Carol, live in Sewickley, Pa.

About La Roche College: A private liberal arts college in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche College offers more than 50 undergraduate and five graduate degree programs, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential college provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,400 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche College embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche College educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.

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