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June 27, 2000


LA CROSSE, Wis.—The Viterbo University Board of Directors welcomes its latest member in October when John Desmond joins for a four-year term.

Desmond, President and CEO of Desmond’s Formal Wear, was elected to the Board during its June meeting. No stranger to community boards, Desmond has served on a number of them throughout the Coulee Region, including Greater La Crosse Area Schools, La Crosse Festivals—Oktoberfest, and the St. Francis Hospital Foundation. He has served as President for the La Crosse Country Club Board, the Oktoberfest Board, and the Aquinas Foundation. Desmond continues to serve on the Boards for the La Crosse Country Club and the Aquinas Foundation.

As the Board of Directors welcomes Desmond, it also says goodbye to two long-term members, Grace McDonald, FSPA, and Marikaye Robers. A former President of Viterbo College, from 1960-70, Sr. McDonald leaves the Board with distinction as its longest serving member—having served for 40 years. Robers served on the Board for 20 years and was chair of the Institutional Advancement Committee. She also served on the steering committee during the college’s $4.9 million capital campaign—"Building the Future."

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