Duquesne names new chairman of Board of Directors

Raymond Arke | News Editor

On Friday, the Duquesne University Board of Directors named John R. McGinley Jr. as its new chairman. He will begin his term on July 1.

McGinley succeeds Marie Milie Jones, Duquesne’s first female chair, who had served in her position since 2009.

According to a press release from the University, McGinley graduated from Duquesne’s law school in 1968 and has remained involved with Duquesne. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2011 and served as vice chair from July 2016 to present.

The press release also states that McGinley holds a seat on the law school advisory board and established an endowment in 2012 which supports Duquesne law students seeking public service fellowships.

Outside of Duquesne, McGinley has built an established law career spanning 45 years. He is currently a trial lawyer with Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, where McGinley serves as member of the board of directors and chair of the executive committee, according to his company biography. Previously, he had been an assistant district attorney for Allegheny County and had cofounded the Grogan Graffam McGinley law firm.

In a statement released by the University, McGinley said he is ready to help lead Duquesne.

“It is an honor to have been chosen and I look forward to working with my dedicated Board colleagues and the Spiritans who are the core spirit of Duquesne to move the institution forward,” he said.