September 27, 2012

University Communications

Thomas H. Brouster Sr. Elected Chairman of Saint Louis University's Board of Trustees

Saint Louis University has announced that renowned banking executive Thomas H. Brouster Sr. has been elected to a four-year term as chairman of the University's Board of Trustees.

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"Tom's leadership, vision and commitment have been essential to advancing Saint Louis University," said University President Lawrence Biondi, S.J. "I have the utmost confidence that Tom will continue to be a driving force behind SLU's progress in this new leadership role."

Brouster became a SLU trustee in 2001 and has held a number of key leadership positions with the Board, including serving as its vice chairman since 2010. He also chaired the Board's finance committee for seven years, helping to secure financing for such major initiatives as the Doisy Research Center and Chaifetz Arena.

"Tom has used his financial expertise, business acumen and entrepreneurial insights to help SLU remain on very solid financial footing during the nation's economic downturn," Biondi said. "All of us at the University are grateful for his exceptional guidance and counsel over the years."

With more than 40 years of experience in the banking industry, Brouster has become highly respected among colleagues, peers and financial regulators for his ability to manage troubled banks back to profitability. Known in local banking circles as "The Turnaround Guy," Brouster has led 14 bank turnarounds during the past 35 years, including Pioneer Bank and Trust.

His latest effort is with Reliance Bancshares Inc., which operates Reliance Bank. In May, Brouster was appointed Reliance's chairman after serving in a consulting role for several months. The bank has already shown marked improvement since his involvement began.

In 2009, SLU recognized Brouster for his outstanding generosity and support by naming the building that houses its School for Professional Studies in his honor. Prior to joining the SLU Board of Trustees, Brouster was a member of SLU's John Cook School of Business executive advisory board.

In addition to his service to SLU, Brouster also has been a member of many other organizations' boards, including the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Saint Louis Zoo, the Muny, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, and the Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School‎.

Brouster succeeds John K. "Jack" Pruellage, who passed away in May.

In related news, Saint Louis University recently elected three new members to its Board of Trustees: Joseph P. Conran, Richard T. Fisher and Thomas Q. Keefe. Short biographical sketches of the new members follow below.

Joseph P. Conran
Joseph P. Conran, J.D. (A&S '67, Law '70) is a partner with Husch Blackwell LLP, where he serves as lead trial counsel in major lawsuits nationwide for Fortune 500 companies and other corporations, major financial institutions, privately held companies and individuals. Before entering private practice, he served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force as a judge advocate. During his career, he earned a number of honors, including the Cardinal Joseph Ritter Award in 2010. Conran serves on the boards of numerous civic and charitable organizations, including the March of Dimes, Greater Missouri Chapter-St. Louis Division; the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation; and Grand Center Inc. He also has served on the Dean's Advisory Council for the Saint Louis University School of Law since 1998.

Richard T. Fisher
Richard T. Fisher is the managing director of the investment banking firm Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., and the chairman of the board of Leggett & Platt Inc., a diversified manufacturer (and member of the S&P 500) that conceives, designs and produces a variety of engineered components and products that can be found in most homes, offices and automobiles. Currently a trustee with the Arthur and Helen Baer Charitable Foundation, Fisher also has served as the vice chairman of the St. Louis American Red Cross, as well as trustee for the Saint Louis Art Museum and the John Burroughs School in St. Louis. Fisher holds a degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Thomas Q. Keefe
Thomas Q. Keefe, J.D. (Law '78) owns a leading law practice in Belleville, Ill., and is considered one of the region's top trial lawyers. Annually, his peers have named him one of the five best personal injury lawyers in the State of Illinois. Among other honors, he has received the Chief Judge Richard Hudlin Memorial Award and the 2008 Madison-St. Clair Record's Person of the Year honor. Keefe also is known for his philanthropic work, including support for the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, the Women's Crisis Center of Metro East and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. Additionally, he has established two endowed professorships and a student scholarship for the Saint Louis University School of Law. Keefe also is serving as the dean of the SLU law school for the 2012-2013 academic year.

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