The Catholic Business Network of Northern Virginia
(CBN), one of the fastest-growing faith-based business networking organizations in Northern Virginia, has named Marymount President Dr. Matthew D. Shank to its board of directors, where he will oversee CBN’s chapter development.
Bruce Gemmill, CBN’s Chairman and President, stated, “CBN is growing and expanding its footprint throughout the Diocese of Arlington. I can’t think of a better person to oversee the growth of CBN throughout the diocese than Dr. Shank. Having the president of Marymount University join our board is a testament to our organization’s growing strength and excellent reputation.” He added, “Dr. Shank’s active involvement in the community and excellent reputation will be mutually beneficial, as awareness will increase for both the University and for CBN throughout the 21 counties in the Diocese of Arlington.”
Dr. Shank is Marymount University’s sixth president, having taken office on July 1, 2011. During the past year, he has led a visioning process that engaged the Marymount community in formulating a clear and compelling vision for the University’s future. He has focused particular attention on Marymount’s Catholic identity and commitment to service. In addition, he has expressed a commitment to further strengthen the University’s emphasis on international education; this focus was recently recognized by the World Affairs Council – Washington, DC, which presented Dr. Shank with its 2012 Global Education Leadership Award in March.
Dr. Shank earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wyoming; his Master of Arts in Psychology and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology are from the University of Missouri/St. Louis. Before joining Marymount, he served for three years as Dean of the School of Business Administration and Professor of Marketing at the University of Dayton, a national, doctoral-level university sponsored by the Society of Mary.
He notes, “One of the first organizations to extend a warm welcome to me as the new President of Marymount was the Catholic Business Network. I have enjoyed getting to know CBN members and am impressed by their professional and spiritual mindset. CBN’s primary mission is to support Catholic education, so there is a clear connection with my own background and the work of Marymount University. I am pleased to have the opportunity to become more actively involved with CBN and do what I can to contribute to this organization’s continued growth and success.”
CBN was established in 1991 and now has chapters in Alexandria, Dulles, Leesburg, Manassas and McLean/Tysons Corner, and Fauquier. Additional chapters are to be established within the Diocese of Arlington under the leadership and oversight of Dr. Shank.