The USF Board of Trustees has elected Claudio Chiuchiarelli ’79 to a two-year term as chairman. Chiuchiarelli takes over from Adobe Systems Inc. co-founder Charles Geschke.
Chiuchiarelli is managing partner at Banyan Securities, an institutional securities trading company in Greenbrae, and is also an investor in private and public companies. He was elected to the board in 2003 and served as vice chair under Geschke.
Chiuchiarelli is a San Francisco native who was active as a business student at USF, participating in student government and the fraternity Delta Sigma Pi. He met his wife, Joanette Figone Chiuchiarelli ’81, at USF and they have three daughters, one of whom is enrolled in the USF sport management program in Los Angeles.
“Claudio knows USF well, as an alum, an active member of School of Business and Management Advisory Board, and a two-term trustee,” said USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. “He has proven himself to be an energetic, visionary, and generous leader.”
The son of Italian immigrants, Chiuchiarelli is a first generation college student who worked while attending USF. He says he feels a connection with the new generation of USF students who share a similar experience.
In his view, USF’s strength lies in the type of students it graduates. “Students leave here with a premier academic education and a truly global perspective that will help them to be leaders in the larger global community. We develop their hearts and minds, and help them understand that they are privileged to have a college education, so that they go out and try to make the world a better place.”
People outside of the university community need to better understand USF’s vision and how good the professors and educational offerings are, he said. “I think this is well-understood internally, but we are only beginning to communicate that message to the outside world.”