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Trustees Lanzillo, NeCastro elected to top leadership posts

Monday, June 29, 2015

Trustee Richard A. Lanzillo was elected chair-elect of the Mercyhurst University Board of Trustees and Trustee Joseph G. NeCastro was elected vice-chair-elect at the trustees’ annual meeting on June 20. The two men, both Mercyhurst graduates, co-chaired Mercyhurst’s recent presidential search.

Lanzillo, originally from McMurray, has been a member of the Mercyhurst Board of Trustees since 2003 and is chair of the Committee on Academic Affairs. He is also a member of the executive, budget and finance, governance and institutional planning committees. He has been vice chair of the board since 2007.

He is a shareholder with Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett law firm and vice president of The Knox Firm since 2007 and is president of the Erie County Bar Association for 2015. He earned his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh summa cum laude.

He graduated from Mercyhurst in 1983 with a degree in history, served two terms as president of Mercyhurst Student Government and received the Carpe Diem Award at commencement. Before joining the Board he was a member of the President’s Associates.

NeCastro, a native of Erie, joined the board in 2011 and was also elected to a second four-year term on June 20. He is the chair of the Committee on Compensation and serves on the executive, audit, budget and finance, mission and institutional planning committees. The university has recently developed a Risk Management Policy as one of his initiatives.

In February 2015, he was promoted from vice president of finance and administration to chief development officer of Scripps Networks Interactive in Knoxville, Tenn. He leads the company’s continued growth in domestic and international acquisitions.

He graduated from Mercyhurst in 1978 as the President’s Excellence Award winner in business, ranked first on the Pennsylvania CPA exam that year, and went on to earn an MBA from Harvard University.