At its May meeting, the Saint Mary's College Board of Regents elected Thomas P. O'Donnell as President, and Robin John Driscoll as Vice President. O'Donnell and Driscoll assume their duties on July 1, and will serve for the next academic year with the opportunity for an additional year of service.
The Board of Regents serves in an advisory capacity to the College's Board of Trustees and Administration. It is a self-perpetuity board of no more than 55 members, and has served the College since 1952. The Regents were instrumental in organizing and successfully concluding the recent "Spirit of Saint Mary's" Campaign, which raised more than $195.5 million in gifts and commitments for the College.
O'Donnell graduated from Saint Mary's in 1960 with an A.B. in Economics and was enrolled in Integral Studies. An attorney of counsel with Ferrari Ottoboni, LLP in San Jose, he holds a L.L.B. from the Boalt Hall School of Law at U.C. Berkeley.
O'Donnell, who succeeds Jerry Fitzpatrick Sr. '42 as President, has been a Regent since 1989. In addition to serving as Board Vice President, he has chaired the Regents' Nominating Committee. O'Donnell is also a past president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Dean's Roundtable committee. He is a member of the College's President's Club and the Brother Albert Rahill Society.
O'Donnell has four children, one of whom (daughter Loretta) graduated from the College in 1990. Tom and wife Nikie reside in Los Gatos. O'Donnell recently completed 22 years of service on the Los Gatos Elementary School Board of Trustees.
Driscoll joined the Board of Regents in 1998, and currently serves on its Nominating and School of Extended Education Advisory Committees. He is a member of the College's President's Club. He is a 1988 graduate of the College, holding a B.A. in Management.
Driscoll is President of the Driscoll Family Foundation, and a director of Broadware Technologies. He spent a number of years in the electronic security, human resource and WEB applications industries.
Robin is active with a number of community and business organizations in the Bay Area. He and wife Lindy reside in Los Altos Hills.