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LeBow’s Patti Connolly Appointed to Girard College Board

September 07, 2011

Patricia Q. Connolly, director of LeBow College’s Center for Corporate Governance, has been appointed a member of Girard College’s Board of Managers.

Girard Board members are a dedicated group that oversees Girard College’s mission and overall direction. Distinguished in their professional lives, these parents, alumni and friends of the College bring a wealth of valuable experience and expertiseto Girard. They are responsible for long-range planning as well as ensuring Girard’s fiscal health. Girard College is a boarding school for academically capable students, grades 1 through 12, from families with limited financial resources that are headed by a single parent or guardian.

All Girard students receive full scholarships to take part in the school’s strong academic program and to live safely on its enclosed 43-acre campus in Philadelphia. Girard’s mission is to prepare students for advanced education and life as informed, ethical and productive citizens through a rigorous educational program that promotes intellectual, social and emotional growth.

A group of LeBow undergraduate and MBA recently offered their business expertise to Girard College on a project that involved investigating cost-cutting and containment measures, as well as looking at new opportunities for revenue generation and marketing. Since its inception in 1848, Girard College has subsisted almost exclusively on the endowment of its founder, Stephen Girard. However, during the last few years, Girard has experienced some financial woes.