NEWPORT, R.I. – Dr. M. Therese Antone, RSM, chancellor at Salve Regina University, has been appointed to the board of trustees of the Davis Educational Foundation.
Established as a public charitable foundation in 1985, it supports the undergraduate programs of public and private, regionally accredited, baccalaureate degree granting colleges and universities throughout the six New England states.
Elisabeth K. Davis and Stanton W. Davis co-founded the foundation after Mr. Davis’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc. The foundation is an expression of the couple’s shared support and value for higher education and has provided over $79.63 million in grants to more than 145 institutions.
Mr. Davis contributed tremendous vision to his business and the industry during periods of remarkable growth and transformation. Through automation and technological changes, he remained true to his core value of listening to the customer. This core value continues in the foundation’s highly individualized approach to grant making.
A native of Rhode Island, Sister Therese was appointed president of Salve Regina University in 1994, and served in that position until July 2009 when she became the university’s first chancellor.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from Salve Regina, a master’s degree from Villanova University; and a doctor of education from Harvard University. She completed the Senior Executive Program at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Sister Therese’s career has included teaching at all levels; serving as principal of a coeducational secondary school, Director of Finance and Secondary Education for the Sisters of Mercy serving in Rhode Island and Central America. She has served as faculty member, Director of Development, Vice President/Institutional Advancement, and Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Advancement at Salve Regina University.
Among the many boards and committees on which Sister Therese serves are: Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), Board of Directors of AAA Southern New England, Chair – Rhode Island Independent Higher Education Association, Board of Trustees - Bank of Newport, Board of Advisors – Fleet Bank, Board of Advisors – U.S. Naval War College, Board of Trustees - Newport Art Museum, Rhode Island Public Expenditures Council, Board of Governors of Newport Health Care Corporation, Finance Council of the Diocese of Providence.