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Dick Notebaert elected chair of the board of trustees of the University of Notre Dame
By Andy Vuong
Denver Post
Saturday, February 3, 2007

A tale of two executives.  Former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio is about to stand trial on 42 counts of illegal insider trading.  Meanwhile, his successor, Dick Notebaert, is expected to announce on Thurdsay that Qwest posted its fourth consecutive quarterly profit during the fourth quarter of 2006. And today, Notebaert was named chair of the board of trustees of the University of Notre Dame today. Notebaert’s picture graces the front page of the Notre Dame website.

The press release from the university is pasted below:

Richard C. Notebaert, chairman and chief executive officer of Qwest Communications International, was elected Friday (Feb. 2) to a three-year term as chair of the University of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees, effective July 1.  He will succeed Patrick F. McCartan, who has served on the Board for 18 years, the last seven as chair and a Fellow of the University.

“It has been a privilege to serve as a Trustee of Notre Dame for the past 10 years, and I am honored that the Trustees have elected me as their sixth chairman,” Notebaert said. “I look forward to joining with our president, Father John Jenkins, in advancing our position as the premier Catholic research university in the world.”

A member of the Notre Dame Board since 1997, Notebaert has served as chair of its University Relations and Public Affairs and Communication Committee. He also has served as a Fellow of the University, and will continue to do so.  The Fellows – six lay members and six priests of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame’s founding religious community – are the University’s ultimate governing body.  They elect the Trustees, adopt and amend the bylaws, and are specifically charged with maintaining Notre Dame’s Catholic character.

Notebaert has led Qwest since 2002. A leader in broadband, data, voice and image communications, the company is based in Denver. Notebaert previously served as chief executive officer of Tellabs Inc. and as chairman and chief executive officer of Ameritech Communications.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Notebaert is a member of the board of directors of Aon Corp., Cardinal Health Inc., the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the Denver Art Museum.  His professional activities include memberships in the Business Council and the International Advisory Council of the Executives’ Club of Chicago.  In April 2003 he was appointed by President Bush to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

Notebaert and his wife, Peggy, have two children, Michelle and Nicole, and five grandchildren.