On Board ( Forgive Me for Notr Coming Up with a more clever title )

I have discovered that I have many titles: Co-anchor, Husband, Father ( for my dog, Boobaloo ). There’s one more title I hold that unless you had seen my bio on our website, you probably were unaware of: Trustee.

The past three years, I have served as a trustee at Chatham College – which Wednesday officially became Chatham University ( http://www.chatham.edu/ ). It may be the title with which I am the proudest. While co-anchoring the morning news is a great responsibility, I really did not feel like an adult until the day I was asked to join the school’s board of trustees.

Here’s the Reader’s Digest version of how it all happen. As a sports anchor, I had done stories on the all-women’s school hockey team which led to meeting school President Esther Barrazone which led to my involvement in the school’s girls and women in sports program which led to me skating onto the ice at a home game wearing the Chatham College Cougar mascot outfit ( don’t ask ) which led to being asked to join the board.

Chatham College is the oldest women’s college in Western Pennsylvania — but despite it’s rich history, it was on the verge of going out of business in the early 90’s. That was until Esther Barrazone took over as president. She has led the school into the modern day while maintaining the essence of this historic college and it’s beautiful campus hidden away in Oakland.

Tuesday, Chatham took another step in its revitalization with the upgrade to University status and a celebration on campus which included the mayor and several students and alums. While it’s a name change, it’s so much more and I’m so glad to be a part of it. My three years as a trustee has allowed me to play a significant role in the development of the women’s undergraduate program as well as the co-ed graduate program.

While I can’t trumpet my association with the school on TV, just know that I’m proud to be a part of the school – and proud to hold the title of “trustee”. I used to think only adults with some hubris could hold such status. I guess I am an adult.

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