Chair of Westminster's Board of Trustees Ginger Giovale Announces Retirement
March 31, 2006
Giovale has been a board member for 29 years
SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster College announced today that Ginger Giovale, Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees for the past 18 years and member of the board for 29 years, has decided to retire from the board effective in June 2006. Giovale, a Flagstaff, Arizona resident has had a long personal and philanthropic relationship with Westminster.
Giovale is a fourth generation alumni of Westminster College. She met her husband John at Westminster when they were both undergraduate students during the 1960s. Giovale’s parents, Bill and Vieve Gore also met while attending Westminster during the 1930s and the Giovale’s son Danny became the fourth generation in the Gore family to attend Westminster and he met his wife while attending the college.
Under Giovale’s leadership of the Board of Trustees, Westminster has recorded many remarkable accomplishments including the construction of five state-of-the-art new buildings. The face of the campus has changed through the addition of buildings like the Giovale Library, the residential village, Gore School of Business, Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory and Dolores Doré Eccles Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center.
In announcing her retirement and reflecting on her years with the college, Giovale said, “I have learned so much and experienced a period in this history of the college that may be looked back upon as a rebirth, while staying true to our basic values. Westminster is continually reaching new levels of excellence. We have a strong president who is a visionary leader and a transformational strategic plan that sets out a path to a very bright future. I am proud to have been a part of this success story. It’s been great fun!”
Westminster College President Michael Bassis remarked, “Ginger has been a wonderful leader of our board and the college has benefited greatly from her continuous devotion to Westminster. While we wish she could serve forever, we understand her desire to focus on her family and other personal interests at this point in her life.”
Giovale and her husband recently gave Westminster the largest gift in the college’s history - $10 million. The gift will go toward helping Westminster construct a new $30 million, 60,000-sqare-foot, state-of-the-art Science Center and endow a faculty chair in science.
Giovale concluded, “This is a good time for me to retire from the board. Our board has many talented leaders ready to help Michael take Westminster to the next level. I will miss all my friends at Westminster. I plan to stay connected with the college in several ways, not least of which is seeing to the successful completion of the science center. You can be sure that my heart and support will always be here.”