Monsalve became an occupational health nurse with Kerr McGee Chemical Corporation. She soon became one of a few practitioners to transform her nursing background to become certified in industrial environmental protection with her company during the decade following the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Monsalve offers her volunteer services to the Erie Rotary Club and the Our West Bayfront.
Monsalve graduated from Villa Maria College of Nursing in 1970. She earned her master’s degree in nursing from Wayne State University in 1972. Monsalve received the Gannon University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016.
Howard Ward, Ph.D. is the associate vice president of auxiliary services at Rochester Institute of Technology. Ward manages an $82 million annual budget and 208 employees who oversee 21 dining locations, 7,000 student housing units, a gallery, store and field house.
Ward graduated from Albion High School in Albion, N.Y. as a star football player and went on to become a successful lineman for Mount Union College where he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1976. Ward’s talents extended to his son, Mathew Ward ’09, a Gannon alumnus and football standout for the Golden Knights who also shared his love for the University and students as a staff member in residence life.
Ward received a master’s degree in college student personnel services and doctoral degree in higher education and higher education administration.
Ward’s 39 years of experience working for colleges and universities including Bowling Green University, Ohio Northern University and RIT in the areas of residence life, student affairs, community relations and advancement will be a tremendous asset to the Board.
Ward is on the board of Al Sigl Center for Rehabilitation Agencies, Inc. and leads a non-denominational spiritual study group at RIT. He leads discussions and forums on racial diversity and has led more than 500 diversity seminars and forums across the country.
About our departing Board of Trustee member:
Thomas J. Loftus ’56, ’74M was elected to Gannon University’s Board of Trustees in May 1999 and has served on a number of standing committees of the Board including the Executive Committee (2000-2013), the Enrollment Committee (chair, 2000-2013), the Committee on Trustees (2002-2020), the Presidential Evaluation Committee (2005-2020), and the Academic Affairs Committee (2004-2020). The University is grateful to Loftus for his incredible work as a Board member throughout these years.
Loftus has received a number of notable recognitions and awards. In 1996, he was named a Distinguished Pennsylvanian by Gannon University. He received the Innovation Award from Lord Corp. in 1997 and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Gannon in 2002. He was also the December Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient in 2009.