SJU Surpasses $150M Goal in Capital Campaign
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
PHILADELPHIA (June 15, 2011) – Saint Joseph’s University announced today that it has successfully completed With Faith and Strength to Dare: The Campaign for Saint Joseph’s University having raised $152.1million, the largest amount raised in any campaign in the University’s history. Gifts from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends enabled Saint Joseph’s to meet its goal in support of the University’s physical and academic growth.
LINKS: • Campaign Milestones • Photo and Video Galleries Launched in 2005 and concluding on May 31, 2011, the campaign enabled the University to double the size of its footprint by purchasing the 38-acre site of the former Episcopal Academy, adjacent to the Saint Joseph’s campus. Now named the James J. Maguire ’58 Campus, the property is in full use by the University, enabling it to significantly enhance academic programming and student life. “When the Board of Trustees approved this campaign, we endorsed a goal that was more ambitious than anything we had ever conceived of in the past,” said Board Chair Paul J. Hondros, Jr. ’70. “Inspired by our commitment to providing all Saint Joseph’s students with an education that engages them inside the classroom, and then resonates with them beyond our campus, we immersed ourselves in the initiatives that would strengthen the University fiscally, academically and strategically.”
Under the leadership of Fr. Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., who served as president of Saint Joseph’s from 2003 until earlier this year when he left the University to become president of Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., money raised through the campaign supported six specific priorities, including the funding needed to renovate the University’s Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse and Drexel Library. Opened in 2009, the Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena and the Jack Ramsay ’49 Basketball Center now provide the University’s basketball and other athletic programs with state-of-the-art playing, coaching and training facilities. The university broke ground in October 2010 for its new technology-enhanced library, the Maryanne Hennings and John R. Post ’60 Learning Commons, which will be completed next spring.
Saint Joseph’s also significantly enhanced its autism education program when it established the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support in 2009. The Kinney Center resides on the Maguire Campus and provides multi-disciplinary education, resources and research opportunities for students, teachers, professionals and parents who seek to improve care for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
“It was Fr. Lannon’s vision, with the support of our alumni, parents and friends that enabled Saint Joseph’s to make tremendous progress on behalf of its students and faculty,” said Interim President John W. Smithson ’68 (B.S.), ’82 (M.B.A).
The campaign also enabled the University to develop programs that are closely aligned with its Catholic, Jesuit mission by providing critical funding for student financial aid and scholarship, faculty support and support for the University’s most critical needs through The Saint Joseph’s Fund. Through donor support, the University launched The Pedro Arrupe Center for Business Ethics as an intellectual resource across the curriculum; the Lenfest Scholars Program, aimed at ministering to under-resourced students, as well as the Bernadette B. and James J. Nealis III Program and Faculty Chair in Asian Studies. The Alliance for Catholic Education at Saint Joseph’s University (ACESJU) Program, an innovative graduate program that helps to preserve Catholic education in elementary schools, was also launched.
“This campaign brought us together in so many ways,” said campaign chair Anthony A. Nichols ‘67. “It enabled us to uphold our Catholic, Jesuit mission and embrace a bolder vision of how we might do more for our students.”