Allegheny College Welcomes Five New Trustees

The Allegheny College Board of Trustees has added five members, including: Dr. Yvonne Hobbs Allen, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jon Davis, Dusty Kirk, John Kutz and Julie Skattum, all alumni with long histories of engagement with the College.

Dr. Yvonne Hobbs Allen ’72 of Bratenahl, Ohio, received her bachelor’s degree in English and her master’s in education from Allegheny. She is the parent of an Allegheny graduate, and brings a significant history with the College and higher education overall to the board. She serves as special projects coordinator at Notre Dame College of Ohio, having previously worked for the Shaker Heights City School District as district project coordinator. Allen received Allegheny’s Gold Citation in 2015, honoring her for her years of service to her Ohio community and to higher education in general. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha and an advisor and member of the Association of Black Collegians/Advancement of Black Culture.

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jon Davis ’80, of Alexandria, Virginia, was an economics major at Allegheny, is a member of Phi Delta Theta, and played lacrosse at the College. In July 2017, he retired from the U.S. Marines Corps as the deputy commandant for aviation, culminating a long and distinguished career in the Marines Corps. His personal decorations include the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal (twice received), the Legion of Merit (twice received), Meritorious Service Medal (three times received), Navy Commendation (three times received), as well as other campaign and service awards. He is married to the former Carol VanWhy, an Allegheny alumna.

Dusty Kirk ’75, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, earned her bachelor’s degree in English and is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She received her law degree from the Dickinson School of Law and is an attorney and partner at Reed Smith in Cleveland. Kirk focuses on real estate transactions and regulations, and issues that relate to sustainability in development projects. She and her husband, William Caroselli, are the parents of an Allegheny graduate. They also have endowed a support fund for English majors to attend conferences and workshops.

John Kutz ’83 of Kirtland Hills, Ohio, was a double major in economics and German, and is a member of Delta Tau Delta. He earned his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He and his wife, Kathleen, have a son who will graduate from the College in May 2018. Kutz is the retirement sales director at Legg Mason Global Asset Management in Cleveland. He was awarded the College’s Blue Citation in 2008 for his service to Allegheny. He has served on the Alumni Council in a number of capacities, and has been a major force in driving internships and experiential learning opportunities among students.

Julie Skattum ’85 of London, England, earned her Allegheny degree in political science, writing and women’s studies. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She received her law degree from The Ohio State University and practiced as an associate attorney with the Kelley Drye and Warren international law firm. She also serves on the board of the American School in London, an international, private, independent K-12 school, where she is the vice chair. She is married to alumnus and former Allegheny board member Dag Skattum.

About the Allegheny College Board of Trustees
The Allegheny College Board of Trustees is the governing body elected to oversee the college. The board’s primary responsibilities relate to policy-making and responsibility for sound resource management of the college. The Board of Trustees is chaired by Mark Campbell, a 1982 Allegheny graduate, and the vice chair is Mary “Missy” Feeley, a 1978 Allegheny graduate.