“To be able to add individuals of this caliber to our board — all at the same time — has strengthened the University’s leadership considerably,”
Shawn Farr currently serves as the Director of Finance and Board Secretary for the Carlisle Area School District located in Carlisle, PA. In this capacity he is responsible for the non-instructional aspects of the District. In prior assignments he served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Harrisburg City School District, Board of Control Chair for the Duquesne City School District in Allegheny County, and as a Special Assistant to the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education for the Chester-Upland School District. Previously, Mr. Farr was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida; Chief Operating Officer for the Annenberg Foundation in St. Davids, Pennsylvania;
David Figuli is one of the leading investors and innovators in the global higher education industry. He is Managing Director of University Ventures, a premier investment firm focused exclusively on the global higher education sector. In his 30+ year career, Mr. Figuli has represented over 300 institutions, including some of the largest proprietary schools and multiple private equity investors in the post-secondary industry, and he has served as a member of the board of trustees of four universities. In addition to institutions and investors, he has consulted to the American Council on Education (ACE), the American Association of State Colleges and Universities AASCU), National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), and countless other organizations. He has also published books and articles on higher education management issues and has presented hundreds of seminars for the leading post-secondary associations as well as major colleges and universities. Prior to entering private practice, David served as the General Counsel for the South Dakota University System and Chief Legal Counsel for the Montana University System. He also served as the General Counsel to Regis University, where he developed their licensing division which grew into 30+ partnerships with colleges and universities around the world.
Carmen Finestra was Supervising Producer of "The Cosby Show" and Co-Creator and Executive Producer of "Home Improvement"
Thomas G. Paese is an attorney with Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney PC, where he concentrates his practice in administrative law, government affairs, technology and health care. He is chair of the firm's Government Relations Section and served as co-director for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's transition team. Mr. Paese, former Pennsylvania secretary of administration under Governor Tom Ridge, was an attorney with Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling when it joined Buchanan in 2006. During that time, he served as practice manager of the firm's Government Affairs Group. Under Governors Tom Ridge and Ed Rendell, Tom served on the boards of the Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS) and the State Employees Retirement System (SERS). His professional background has given him particular knowledge of the areas of venture and general investing, technology in government, procurement and health care.
Cynthia Traeger concurrently serves as CEO, Pacific Siren International LLC, a diversified technology holding company, whose mission is to identify and acquire strategically beneficial assets and technologies;
Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Harrisburg University is a private university offering bachelor-of-