SHU Welcomes Four New Trustees

News Story: February 1, 2009

Norbert Becker of Luxembourg, Patrick J. Carolan, M.D. of Fairfield and Lawrence Foley of Southport, Connecticut and Vincent A. Roberti of Kent, Conn., New York, NY, and London join SHU’s governing body

Fairfield, Conn. – Sacred Heart University has welcomed four new members to its principal governing body, the Board of Trustees: Norbert Becker, Patrick J. Carolan, M.D., Lawrence Foley, and Vincent A. Roberti. They will take up their duties immediately.

Norbert Becker

Norbert Becker has been involved in global professional services for three decades and is a founding partner and chairman of Atoz, a high-end independent advisory firm offering a comprehensive and integrated range of tax and financial advisory services. In 2007, he was one of the co-founders of Compagnie de Banque Privée “CBP,” a private bank incorporated in Luxembourg, which he serves as chairman. Mr. Becker is also involved as an independent director with other companies in Luxembourg and abroad, including Skype and Paypal, both wholly owned subsidiaries of eBay. In addition, he serves as an independent director of a number of investment companies including the Rothschild group. Sacred Heart University sponsors the only American-accredited MBA program in Luxembourg, and he has been a member of the Board of Regents, SHU’s advisory body there, since 2005. Mr. Becker was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the University in 2000.

Dr. Patrick Carolan

Dr. Patrick J. Carolan, an orthopedic surgeon, is returning to the SHU Board where he served from 1995-1997. An orthopedic surgeon and the principal member of Merritt Orthopedics Associates of Bridgeport, he is the chief of orthopedics at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. The Fairfield resident is an alumnus of Fairfield University, where he served for many years as physician to the university’s athletic teams and where he received the Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 1980. A 1963 graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, he has been active in local community and cultural affairs, having served as grand marshal of the Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2001. He has been a member of the advisory committee for Sacred Heart University’s College of Education and Health Professions.

Lawrence G. Foley has recently retired from SAC Capital Advisors where he was a Portfolio Manager since 1994.  SAC is widely regarded as one of the leading Hedge Funds in the Industry.  A graduate of The College of the Holy Cross, Larry and his wife Megan have been active in Community and Philanthropic affairs.  Their Family Foundation assists a wide variety of causes including Churches and Christian Agencies, Community Development, Health Care and the Arts.

Mr. Foley serves as a Trustee of The Fairfield Country Day School, sits on the St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation Board and is on the Board of Directors for Constellation Wealth Management.

Vincent A. Roberti chairs the board of Sacred Heart University’s Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding, and he is a former member of the University’s Board of Regents. He is chairman and chief executive officer of Palisades Media Corporation and its subsidiary, Palisades Pictures, as well as managing director of Palisades Media Asset Fund and chairman of Navigators Global, a highly regarded Washington based government affairs communications firm. The show business “bible,” Variety, named him one of the “top ten” emerging leaders in the independent film industry in 2004. Mr. Roberti attended Fairfield University, and divides his time between Kent, Connecticut, New York City, and London. Among numerous accomplishments in business, he was credited as being instrumental in shepherding through the $67 billion merger of AT&T and BellSouth. A four-term Connecticut state representative, Mr. Roberti is a trustee of the American Foundation for AIDS Research, the Empire State College Foundation, and the Catholic Alliance for the Common Good. He has long been active in state and national politics and was an advisor for more than 75 House and Senate races.