Seton Hill names former Ford exec interim president
Even after she graduated from Seton Hill University, Bibiana Boerio continued to be “a woman who is always learning, welcoming new opportunities and challenges,” university President JoAnne Boyle said.
Boerio — a Latrobe native, a former senior executive at Ford and a Seton Hill alumna and board member — will now lead the university as interim president, Seton Hill announced Thursday.
Boerio, 59, of Unity Township, will begin the job on Aug. 1. She'll serve as president while a national search is conducted for a successor to Boyle, who is retiring from Seton Hill after 25 years as its leader, the university said in a news release.
Boyle, who will retire June 30, said she'll be on hand as president emerita.
“(Boerio) epitomized as an undergraduate a curious, problem-solving, critical-thinking kind of thinking that exemplifies the kind of student that we welcome at Seton Hill,” Boyle said. “She was that model student and remains a model of accomplishment in everything that she undertakes.”
Boerio is a graduate of Greensburg Central Catholic High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in textiles and design from Seton Hill University. She then completed a master of business administration degree in accounting and finance at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Business.
In 2007, Boerio retired from Ford Motor Co. after more than 31 years in a career that included assignments in corporate finance and strategy, global marketing and operations.
As credit executive vice president and chief financial officer, Boerio was responsible for financial reporting for the global business and developed a new business and funding strategy with expanded investor, press and rating agency communications, and enhanced SEC reporting. She worked as managing director for Jaguar Cars Ltd., based in England, with profit responsibility for global marketing and sales.
From 2008 to 2010, she served as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, a retired Navy admiral who represented Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District.
“We've had her on our radar, so to speak, as she progressed through various jobs, always handling them with great distinction,” Boyle said.
Boerio has “vast experience” leading complex entities and has interests that apply to every facet of the university, Boyle said.
“She is not only faithful to her board obligations but has been more than attentive to all of the activities of our students, of our athletes, (of) our academic leaders,” Boyle said.
To Boerio, building on Boyle's work is “an exciting opportunity.”
“JoAnne has built a tremendous momentum at the university. My challenge is to keep that momentum going,” Boerio said.
The university is “blessed” with an administration-faculty leadership team, a dedicated board of directors and an “active and engaged” student body, Boerio said.
She has served on the board of trustees since 2008, following a previous stint on the board.
“I feel like I have a great sense of the opportunities and a realistic sense of the challenges,” Boerio said.
The university is in the second year of a five-year plan, which includes construction of a dance and visual arts center and a health sciences center.
“We are extremely pleased that Bibiana “Bibie” Boerio has agreed to serve as interim president for Seton Hill University,” Michele Ridge, chairwoman of the university's board, said in the news release. “She is a distinguished businesswoman and will provide keen leadership during an important period in the university's history. She has a clear appreciation of and commitment to Seton Hill's distinctive identity as a Catholic, liberal arts institution.”
Rossilynne Skena is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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