James F. Kilcur, a partner in the law firm of Saul Ewing in Philadelphia, has been named the new Chairman of the Board of Trustees at DeSales University. His appointment to the three-year term, effective July 1, 2011, was announced by Father Bernard O’Connor, OSFS, president of DeSales. Kilcur, a 1973 graduate of DeSales, is the fifth person and second alumnus to serve as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at DeSales.
Kilcur replaces Timothy E. Nolan, president and chief executive officer of HealthAmerica Pennsylvania, Inc. and a graduate of the class of 1977, who served as Board Chairman at DeSales for 6 years. Nolan was the first alumnus to serve in that capacity at DeSales University.
“We are blessed to have a number of capable trustees who could be the Chairman,” said Fr. O’Connor. “The choice of a second alumnus with two sons who are also alumni and with a rich connection to the Oblates of both Wilmington and Philadelphia, makes this choice a double blessing. I am immensely pleased.”
“DeSales University and Oblates have had a significant and wonderful influence on me and my family,” says Kilcur. “To become Chairman of this superb institution is truly a privilege and I look
forward to serving the University in that role.”
At Saul Ewing, Kilcur is a partner in the firm's Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Practice Group. As a well respected management employment and labor relations attorney, he represents and counsels employers, both private and public, union and non-union, in all areas of employment and labor law.
Before joining Saul Ewing, Mr. Kilcur held a number of positions within the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) during his 16-year career there, including eight years as General Counsel, chief legal officer of the Authority. He also served for eight months as the Acting General Manager of SEPTA, in charge of the entire transit operation in the five-county Philadelphia metropolitan area. While at SEPTA, Kilcur was nationally recognized for launching a successful anti-fraud claims campaign, which resulted in a more than 60 percent reduction in lawsuits and a savings of greater than $83 million over a five-year period.
Kilcur was Designated a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" by Philadelphia Magazine and Law and Politics magazine in 2005, 2006, and 2009, and was named one of the “Irish Legal 100” by Irish Voice Newspaper. He is also the recipient of the Administrators Award for Outstanding Public Service, Federal Urban Mass Transportation Administration
A native of Philadelphia, Kilcur graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts in politics from DeSales and a master of arts from Lehigh University. He earned his law degree from Widener University School of Law where he also graduated cum laude. He and his wife, Teresa, currently reside in West Chester, Pa., and have three sons, James III, Patrick, and Matthew. James and Patrick are graduates of DeSales University.
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