New Trustees Welcomed to USD


Four new members — Jon Balousek, Sue Cunningham, Virginia Nelson and Alan Schulman — were elected to the University of San Diego Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2020.

“It is a pleasure to welcome each of these business and civic leaders to the board,” says President James T. Harris III. “We know these distinguished leaders will help guide USD in setting the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university.”

USD trustee Jon Balousek

Jon Balousek

Jon Balousek is an experienced Fortune 500 executive and board director. He currently serves as an advisory board member for Fetch Rewards and runs a consulting practice. Prior to this, he spent 25 years at The Clorox Company — his last role being executive vice president of the specialty division and corporate development. He holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and is married to Jane (Rollo) Balousek ’91 (BA).

USD trustee Sue Cunningham

Sue Cunningham

Sue Cunningham is the president and CEO of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), one of the largest educational associations in the world. Prior to joining CASE, she was vice principal for advancement at the University of Melbourne and director of development at the University of Oxford. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Oxford, a bachelor’s degree from Middlesex University and is an Honorary Fellow of the Melbourne University Graduate School of Education.

Virginia Nelson ‘79 (JD) is a former trial attorney who headed her own litigation firm for more than 30 years. She is past president of the San Diego County Bar Association. Since graduation from the University of San Diego School of Law cum laude, she has been continually active as an adjunct professor, supporter of multiple scholarships and a graduation prize for law students.

Alan Schulman retired from private law practice following a 30-year career specializing in complex class action litigation. He was a member of the law faculty at the law school. He was formerly the managing partner of the California office of Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP, and was a partner in Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach LLP from 1983 to 1999.

Two trustees, Luis Maizel and James D. Power IV ’85 (BA), will be rotating off the board after serving for 15 and nine years, respectively.

During his tenure, Maizel served on the following committees: investment, finance and executive, where he was vice chair. He also served on the School of Business Board of Advisors.

Power served on the mission and institutional advancement, student affairs, executive, finance, campaign steering, university advancement, and trustees committees. He also served as a member of the Alumni Board of directors and was the chair of the university’s Leading Change campaign, the most successful fundraising initiative in the history of USD.

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