It’s been 37 years since Steve Borg ’86 first stepped onto the campus that has come to shape much about the life he enjoys today: as a financial industry professional who prioritizes integrity and transparent communication, as a community leader and volunteer committed to stewarding healthy budgets for organizations who help others better themselves, and as a father making make sure that more young people get the support they need to succeed at the University he remains devoted to.
“I am a strong advocate of the transformational nature that a degree from HNU has on students, especially those from underserved communities or those who may have not had the best educational opportunities to be college-ready,” says Borg, who was appointed chairperson of the HNU Board of Trustees in May following 10 years as a board member.
His professional experience — Borg is senior vice president and corporate marketing director for California Bank and Trust — informs his work on behalf of the University in key ways: from actively collaborating and being adept at adapting to change while championing the training to wield essential technological tools. “Planning is important,” he says. “But so is delivering.”
He’s identified a set of goals he’ll pursue as board chair, including continuing foundational work outlined by his predecessor Barbara Hood ’70, such as: supporting the recent academic restructuring, boosting enrollment, and facilitating development of an HNU business plan and campus master plan. HNU’s business and campus plans anticipate accommodating a move of Samuel Merritt University to the HNU campus that also calls for working through the city of Oakland’s environmental review and planning processes.
Making an HNU education affordable remains a priority, he adds, noting his additional plan to focus more on advancement activities.
“If we are going to modernize and grow the campus, and continue to welcome all communities, we need to raise substantial amounts of money to fund capital improvements and continue to provide scholarships,” Borg says.
As an alumnus, he says, he has repeatedly witnessed the benefit and power of “HNU’s outcomes.” Coupled with a passion for the mission of the University and the charism of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, he remains driven by a deep dedication to strengthening the institution.
It’s one reason that he considers attending commencement an annual highlight: “As a trustee, it is like a renewal, reminding us of why we do what we do.”