New Board of Trustees Officers Announced

News Story: August 5, 2015

Frank Martire ’69, Linda McMahon, Gary Levin ’78 and Dan McCarthy to lead SHU Board

Sacred Heart University has elected new Board of Trustees officers. The new slate is Frank Martire, chairman; Linda McMahon, vice chairman; Gary Levin, secretary; and Dan McCarthy, treasurer. The Board also voted to give outgoing chair Jim Morley, who will remain on the Board, the title of chairman emeritus.

Martire, who earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from SHU, joined the board in 2005. He is executive chairman of the Board of FIS. FIS is a Fortune 500 company and has over $6.5 billion in revenue and 40,000 employees. This appointment comes after serving since 2009 as president and chief executive officer, following the company’s acquisition of Metavante.

Martire holds a variety of leadership roles in the community and serves on the board for several organizations. Currently, he is the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the United Way of Northeast Florida. He also serves on the Baptist Health Board of Directors, Mayo Clinic and Florida Leadership Council. While in Milwaukee, Martire was chairman of the Aurora Health Care Board, served on the Children’s Hospital Foundation Board, the Greater Milwaukee Committee and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. The part-time New Canaan resident holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of New Haven.

McMahon is the co-founder and former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). She was twice nominated to represent Connecticut in the U.S. Senate. She is an advocate for small businesses and entrepreneurship, particularly among women.

She serves on several nonprofit boards in addition to Sacred Heart’s, including the CloseUp Foundation. She is a principal of the Vince & Linda McMahon Family Foundation, which primarily supports organizations focused on education, veterans and women and children at risk. McMahon is a graduate of East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. She and her husband, Vince, have two children and six grandchildren and reside in Greenwich.

Levin earned his bachelor’s degree from Sacred Heart University in 1978. He joined the SHU Board of Trustees in 2013 and currently serves as chairman and CEO of Levin Financial Group. With offices throughout the state of Florida, Levin resides in Tampa where Levin Financial Group headquarters is located. In 2008, he was named “CEO of the year” in the Financial Services Industry by Tampa Bay magazine.

The Levin family has been very active over the years in fundraising for both the Cystic Fibrosis and Pediatric Cancer Foundations.

McCarthy has been a member of the board since 2013. He became president and chief executive officer of Frontier Communications in April 2015. He was elected to the Frontier Board of Directors in May 2014. McCarthy was president and chief operating officer of Frontier from April 2012 and executive vice president and chief operating officer from January 2006 to April 2012. He has been with Frontier Communications Corporation since 1990, when he joined the company’s electric division in Hawaii. In 1995, he assumed responsibility for the company’s energy operations and took on ever-increasing responsibility before being promoted to his current role.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from the State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler and holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Constellation Brands, Inc. and the Committee for Economic Development. He is also a member of the Western Connecticut Health Network Corporate Advisory Council.

Morley became a trustee in 2002. He has had a career in broadcasting that has spanned more than three decades. Up until 1999, he was the senior group vice president of Cox Radio, Inc. He is currently involved in several startup media and Internet training initiatives. He is a director and past president of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and director of the Library of American Broadcasting and the New York Marketing and Radio Association. He is a resident of Newtown and is a graduate of Boston College.