Gannon University Announces Jim Fiorenzo and Tim NeCastro as New Board of Trustees Members
Posted: July 17, 2017
Gannon University is pleased to announce the addition of two
members to its board of trustees.
V. James Fiorenzo '90M, recently retired as president of UPMC
Hamot, and Timothy G. NeCastro '83, president and chief executive
officer of Erie Insurance, will join Gannon's board of trustees,
beginning their terms in September.
The new trustees are experienced, executive leaders who
represent two of downtown Erie's largest entities. By participating
in the governance of a third entity, the two new trustees can work
to further strengthen collaborative partnerships, and to align
efforts as catalysts for creating and sustaining economic
development and community transformation in the downtown and
surrounding Erie region.
"Jim Fiorenzo and Tim NeCastro are visionary leaders in the
community and good friends of Gannon University," said University
President Keith Taylor, Ph.D. "Their leadership and deep sense of
dedication to the community will be a valuable asset to this
University and to Erie. We are pleased to welcome these
distinguished Gannon graduates back to campus as members of our
board of trustees."
Gannon University's board of trustees is comprised of
accomplished professionals, alumni, religious and community leaders
who support and guide initiatives that align with the University's
Mission, Catholic Identity and vision. Gannon trustees share a
commitment to serving students, the University and the
Fiorenzo and NeCastro have each personally demonstrated and led
such commitment and service to the community among their companies,
by providing health and educational programming, as well as
promoting outreach and volunteer efforts within the community.
Additionally, both UPMC Hamot and Erie Insurance have recently
announced upcoming construction that will significantly benefit the
region by creating new employment opportunities and enhancing the
delivery of health care in Erie.
This level of service to the community, paired with Gannon's
commitment to providing affordable education, economic development
initiatives through its Erie Technology Incubator and Small
Business Development Center, along with community initiatives
through the Erie-Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood
Sustainability (Erie-GAINS) and Our West Bayfront organizations,
will create unprecedented opportunities for improving and
sustaining downtown Erie.
Gannon University looks forward to welcoming Fiorenzo and
NeCastro to the board of trustees to help strengthen the commitment
of service to the community and to integrate each entities'
strategic efforts and vision toward revitalizing Erie.
V. James Fiorenzo '90M, Retired President of UPMC
Jim Fiorenzo, who served as president of UPMC Hamot since 2012,
has been a driving force in the development of Erie's downtown
area, having overseen an investment of more than $150 million in
improvements to the hospital's clinical facilities, physical plant,
technology and infrastructure, changing the face of the Hamot
campus and the Bayfront district. In January 2017, he capped this
distinguished career by announcing that he will retire in June
2017, after 42 years of service.
"I am extremely excited to take on this appointment to the
Gannon University board of trustees," Fiorenzo said. "My Gannon
education was extremely valuable in preparing me for my long career
at UPMC Hamot. Becoming a trustee will now give me an opportunity
to give back to this great institution in other ways. I look
forward to working with my fellow trustees and administration to
continue to reshape the vision and mission of Gannon into the
Fiorenzo began his career at UPMC Hamot as a staff pharmacist in
1975. Before becoming UPMC Hamot's president, he served as chief
operating officer, senior vice president of Strategic and Support
Services, president of Regional Health Services, president of Great
Lakes Home Health Care Services, Bayside Pharmacy and Physician
Supply and associate director of Pharmacy and Drug Information
Services. Fiorenzo graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with
a bachelor's degree in pharmacy and earned an MBA from Gannon
University in 1990.
In service to his community, Fiorenzo is a member of the boards
of the Boys & Girls Club of Erie and the Erie Regional Chamber
and Growth Partnership.
Timothy G. NeCastro `83, President and Chief Executive Officer
of Erie Insurance
Timothy G. NeCastro was named President and CEO in 2016. A
20-year employee of the regional property and casualty insurer, he
most recently served as senior vice president and regional officer
of the company's west region spanning Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee,
West Virginia, Illinois, Wisconsin and Kentucky.
NeCastro joined Erie Insurance as manager of the internal
auditing department. He was promoted to senior vice president and
division officer of the controller division in 1997. In 2008, he
was appointed senior vice president of the product and policy
services division. He expanded his experience to field sales
operations in 2010 when he was promoted to regional officer. Before
joining Erie Insurance, he worked for the Plastek Group in Erie as
director of finance. He previously worked for 10 years progressing
through senior manager at Ernst & Young, one of the then "Big
Five" public accounting firms, in its Cleveland and Erie offices.
An Erie native, he earned a B.A. in accounting from Gannon in 1983.
While at Gannon, he was active in student government.
Active in the community, NeCastro supports numerous nonprofit
organizations, including St. Paul Parish and the Sisters of St.
Joseph Neighborhood Network.