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    VP Honored as One of PA’s Most Powerful and Influential Women

    The National Diversity Council recently honored Linda Drago, vice president for legal affairs and general counsel at Duquesne University, as one of the 2011 Most Powerful and Influential Women of Pennsylvania. She was formally recognized at the 2011 Pennsylvania Diversity and Leadership Conference on Sept. 16.

    To be considered for the Most Powerful and Influential Women of Pennsylvania list, candidates must:

    • provide leadership excellence in the public and/or private sectors
    • sustain a record of accomplishments and contributions to her field of work throughout her career
    • have an impact on direction within her organization
    • demonstrate leadership and commitment to the community
    • exhibit a commitment to the highest ethical standards and professional excellence.

    “I was surprised and humbled by this recognition, since there are so many other women in the community who are so much more deserving of the award,” said Drago.

    Drago first joined Duquesne as a staff attorney in 1993 before being appointed general counsel in 1995. Her role expanded in 1999, when the board of directors elected her University secretary, a role she still serves in today. In 2009, Drago was designated vice president for legal affairs. Previously, she was the associate general counsel for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, a litigation attorney with the law firm of Cauley & Conflenti and the associate director of the University of Pittsburgh Law School Library.

    In addition to her work at Duquesne, Drago serves various professional and community organizations. She is the first female president of the Jaguar Club of Pittsburgh, which was founded in 1971 as an affiliate of the Jaguar Clubs of North America. Drago also is a member of the Animal Friends Advisory Board; an adoption consultant for Going Home Greyhound; and chairman of the Finance Council for Holy Angels Church. She is a past advisory board member at Seton La Salle High School.

    Drago is a member of the Beta Phi Mu International Honor Society, the Century Club of Distinguished Alumni at Duquesne University and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Duquesne, a Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Library and Information Science and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Drago was admitted to the practice of law in Pennsylvania in 1983. She is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Drago resides in Pittsburgh’s Gates Manor neighborhood.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for 10,000-plus graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.