We are pleased to announce in this bulletin the election of Bill Dempsey (’52) as Chairman of the Sycamore Trust Board, of Ed Adams (’63) as President, and of Larry Kyte (‘60) as a new Board member, and the appointment of Tim Dempsey (‘89) as Executive Director. We close this bulletin with a summary of Sycamore’s goals and policies.Bill Dempsey moves from President, the position he has held since the founding of Sycamore in 2007, to the newly created position of Chairman. Bill graduated from Notre Dame in 1952 as Class Valedictorian and then from Yale Law School. After several years in the Army, he served as chief law clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren before practicing law in Washington and then becoming chief labor negotiator for the railroad industry as Chairman of the National Railway Labor Conference and then President of the Association of American Railroads. Ed Adams, a 1963 graduate of the Law School and a 1960 graduate of Xavier University, has been a Sycamore Board member since 2009. The former managing partner of a prominent Cincinnati law firm and an international lecturer on bankruptcy law, Ed has served as Chairman of the Ohio Board of Regents and is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He has been President of the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati and received the Club’s 2004 Award of the Year. Space does not permit a listing of his extensive service on charitable and civic organizations, but we should mention at least his current service as a Director of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association. Larry Kyte, a 1960 Notre Dame graduate, is another leading member of the Cincinnati bar and past president of the Cincinnati Notre Dame Club. After receiving his law degree from the University of Virginia, he began a notable career in the law and community service. A member of Legatus, he has led and served as trustee of a host of religious, educational, medical, and fine arts organizations and foundations including, for example, the Catholic Inner City Schools Fund, Catholic Big Brothers, Catholic Social Services, Mercy Health Partners, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Opera Association, Williams Foundation, and the Nippert Charitable Foundation, to name a few. Tim Dempsey, who graduated from Notre Dame in 1989 and holds advanced degrees from Catholic University and the University of Tennessee, has been engaged in social service work since leaving Notre Dame. A past president of the Notre Dame Club of Chattanooga, Tim founded a major program for the rehabilitation and employment of former convicts in Tennessee and has served as chairman of community prisoner reentry and community resource organizations. He is a co-founder and of Sycamore Trust and been key to its organization and operation. In addition, Notre Dame’s Vice President, Joe Reich (‘57), Elizabeth Kirk (JD ’96), and Dr. Susan Biddle Shearer (PhD ’88) were re-elected to three-year terms. They continue to serve along with the other board members, George Heidkamp (’52) our Secretary/Treasurer, David Bender, Jr. (’78), Arina R. Grossu (’06), Dr. Thomas S. Hibbs (’83, ’87), Dr. Daniel Mcinerny (’86), Rev. John J. Raphael, SSJ (’86), Lisa Scapellati (’81), and Robert Schiege (’83, ’86) Biographical details for all board members are provided here.
Sycamore Trust’s goal, policies, and response to criticism.Our mission from the start has been:
to provide a source of information, a means of communication, and a collective voice to Notre Dame alumni and others in the Notre Dame family who are concerned about preserving the Catholic identity of the University.