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Long-time Board Members Address Clarke Commencement

April 15, 2016: Clarke University recognized the dedicated service of three long-serving and retiring members of its Board of Trustees at the university’s 173rd Commencement held Saturday, May 7. Thomas Lynch, Brendan Quann and Robert Wahlert  have provided a combined 102 years of service. Each addressed the 301 graduates on hand and received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at the ceremony. 

“An institution is rarely blessed with trustees who have dedicated themselves so richly to an institution,” said Clarke President Joanne Burrows, SC, Ph.D. “We have been extremely fortunate to have had three wonderful men guiding this institution for over three decades. Together these three have a combined 102 years of service to Clarke. They brought good sense, compassion, and great humor to their roles as Trustees. I will miss them.”

Lynch has been a member of the Clarke Board of Trustees for 35 years, and served as the board chair 2005-10. He is a Wealth Coach and Managing Partner with ECI/Bank Benefits of Minnesota and has also served as president of Bryn Mawr Financial Corporation and Planned Giving Systems Inc. He and his wife, Barbara, reside in Minneapolis.

Quann has been a member of the Board of Trustees for 35 years. He is senior counsel with the law firm of O’Connor & Thomas, P.C., in Dubuque, which he joined in 1976. He and his wife, Jeanne, reside in Dubuque.

Wahlert has been a member of the Board of Trustees for 32 years, and served as the board chair 1997-2002. He served as executive vice president of the Dubuque Packing Company, then succeeded his father as chairman and CEO in 1978. Bob later established FDL Inc., which became a leader in the meat-packing industry. He and his wife, Donna, live in Fort Myers, Fla.

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