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Business Council Names New Officers

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Thomas Cardinale, who was appointed as treasurer of the council.

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. — The Leon Hess Business School at Monmouth University welcomed a new chair and vice chair to its Business Council. William MacDonald ’81 was named chair and John Macrae was named vice chair at the council’s meeting on September 29. The Council has also appointed Thomas Cardinale as treasurer.

MacDonald succeeds Deb Mannix ’83 as chair, after serving with her as vice chair for the past two years. He is Senior Vice President at PNC Bank, overseeing the bank’s Central New Jersey Commercial Banking team. He also chairs one of PNC’s internal business groups, the Jersey Shore Coalition, aimed at improving the bank’s brand and its involvement in the communities in the Shore area and is active in community and volunteer-based activities in the marketplace. MacDonald received a bachelor’s degree in business finance from Monmouth in 1981.

“I look forward to continuing the great work that Deb and the previous Business Council leaders have done, and am looking forward to working with more closely with Dean Moliver,” said MacDonald who has worked in the banking industry for more than 35 years. “We have a wealth of knowledge and resources on this Business Council and you couldn’t ask for a better representation from the business community to help our students prepare for the next phase of their lives.”

In accepting his appointment as vice chair, John Macrae ’88,’94M, chief financial officer for Shore Point Distributing Company, Inc., said, “I would like to congratulate Deb on her successful tenure as our past Chair and thank Bill and the steering committee for asking me to be his vice chair.”

He added that his “involvement with the Business Council has been an extremely rewarding experience. I look forward to working with Bill and the rest of the Business Council, Dean Moliver and the faculty to continue their great work in support of the business school and its students.”

Serving as the new treasurer of the council, Thomas Cardinale, who is a Tax Partner for Eisner Amper, said, “I am privileged to accept this position and committed to being an efficient steward of the Council’s finances, in addition to staying actively involved in various MU events and initiatives.”

The meeting was also attended by university president Grey Dimenna.

The Business Council, formed in 1984, is charged to advise the business school and to help develop mutually supportive relationships between the school and the business community.