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D’Youville Announces New Board Leadership, Member

D’Youville Announces New Board Leadership, Member

D’Youville President Lorrie Clemo, PhD announced Jamel Perkins is the new chairperson of the Board of Trustees, effective immediately, succeeding Charles (CJ) Urlaub. The board has fiduciary oversight and sets policy for D’Youville. 

Perkins has served in various leadership capacities for global organizations Sodexo, Delaware North Companies, M&T Bank, and Execision Group. “I am very pleased that Jamel will be leading the board,” Clemo said. “His direction will play an extremely important role as we move forward with a number of key initiatives, including continued enrollment growth, K12-work partnerships, new educational pathways and developing our dynamic new Health Professions Hub which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020.”  

"I am honored to chair the board of D'Youville and to follow in the visionary and progressive footsteps of past board leadership,” Perkins said. “With all of the energy that D'Youville has created in the community and through its intentional integration of mission throughout everything it does, makes it a real a catalyst for higher education in Western New York." 

Board chairperson since 2017, Urlaub, president of Catholic Health’s South Buffalo Mercy Hospital, was co-chair of the search committee that led to the hiring of Clemo, who became D’Youville’s 15th president in 2017.  

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve D’Youville during a time of significant transition,” Urlaub said. “I joined the board during the presidency of Sister Denise Roche, who did so much to prepare the College for an exciting future.”  

Urlaub said that under Clemo, whom he described as a dynamic and visionary leader, “The board has learned even more about best practices and what academic financial success looks like. The board has collaborated with the administration on strategic priorities that have become operational,” he said.  

“As board chair, CJ successfully developed a robust partnership with administration, faculty, and students so we could strategically govern boldly together to future-proof the College, while increasing transparency, trust, and independence,” Clemo said.  

“Under CJ’s leadership, the board engaged in a comprehensive strategic planning effort resulting in a growth plan for the College that fostered the robust development of new academic programs, including new online programs, creation of the new one-stop Student Success, Student Solutions, and Student Veteran Centers aimed at providing exceptional student service and expanded community engagement on the West Side and across Western New York.”  

As part of the board leadership transition, Joseph J. Cozzo, president/CEO and chairman of the Buffalo Speech & Hearing Center, will become vice chair while Dolores Prezyna EdD,’70, ’14, clinical supervisor at the State University of New York at Fredonia, will serve as secretary of the board. 

“I’m grateful Joe and Dolores have agreed to be part of the board’s leadership team. As board members, they have provided invaluable input, much to the benefit of D’Youville,” Clemo said.  

Cozzo lectures regularly across the United States on topics related to classroom and school transformation, school culture, and leadership. Most recently he has been speaking on aspects of leadership including “Right Brain Leadership in the Left Brain World of Work,” “How to Lead a Culture of Caring in a Climate of Change,” and “Wholehearted Leadership: New Leadership in a Complex and Changing World.”  

Prezyna is a clinical field supervisor/adjunct instructor at the State University of New York at Fredonia and previously taught in the literacy education program at Medaille College. She is a retired elementary principal from the Frontier Central School District in Hamburg. 

She serves as president of the D’Youville College Alumni Association Board and is president of the Board of Trustees of Reach Academy Charter School in Buffalo. She obtained her doctorate in educational leadership from D’Youville, a master’s degree from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, and Bachelor of Arts in English and elementary education from D’Youville 

Vincent O. Hanley has been appointed to the board. A member of the law firm Bond Schoeneck & King, he represents owners, developers, lenders, and borrowers in sophisticated real estate transactions involving commercial and industrial properties.  

“With his legal background in real estate, Vincent will provide the board and the College with important guidance as we continue to grow our presence in the community.”  

In addition to handling acquisitions and sales of real property, Hanley assists clients with all other aspects of commercial real estate development, including the negotiation and drafting of architect agreements and construction contracts, leasing, zoning, subdivision, economic development incentives, and negotiation of easements and restrictive covenants. 

Pictured above (l-r): Dolores Prezyna EdD, secretary of the board; Jamel Perkins, chair; Lorrie Clemo PhD, president of D'Youville; Joseph Cozzo, vice chair.