Michael J. Hagan '85 to be Honored at Alumni Gala

Arena benefactor to receive Shield of Loyola; alumna, Jesuit also receive awards

Friday, November 2, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (November 2, 2012) – The Saint Joseph's University Alumni Association will present Michael J. Hagan ’85 with its highest honor, the Shield of Loyola Award, at the 32nd Annual Alumni Gala on Friday, Nov. 2 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia. Recognized as Forbes magazine’s "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2006, Hagan is currently President and CEO of LifeShield, Inc. He previously served as chairman and chief executive officer of NutriSystem, Inc.

The Shield of Loyola is presented annually to a Saint Joseph's graduate who has distinguished accomplishments in his or her chosen field, demonstrated loyalty to the alma mater and whose life reflects the values of St. Ignatius Loyola. Hagan will be the 32nd recipient of the award. Hagan joined LifeShield in December 2009 and has worked to reposition the national home security provider with a focus on innovation and wireless technology. From 2002-2008, he led a team that transformed NutriSystem into a leading weight loss provider. Under his direction, the company earned many distinctions including Forbes magazine’s No. 1 ranking of Best Public Small Companies and was also ranked No. 1 in Fortune magazine’s list of the 100 Fastest Growing Companies. In 2012, he returned to NutriSystem as chairman of the board.

A dedicated alumnus and member of the varsity golf team as an undergraduate, Hagan served as a member of SJU’s Board of Trustees from 2001-08, playing an important role in reshaping his alma mater over the past decade. During his tenure, he sat on the steering committee for SJU’s historic comprehensive campaign With Faith and Strength to Dare: The Campaign for Saint Joseph’s University, which raised more than $152M.

Among Saint Joseph’s most generous benefactors, Hagan and his wife, Joyce, made a $10 million gift to the University to support the expansion and renovation of SJU’s Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse in 2007, now named the Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena.

Also at the Gala, the Alumni Association will present Rev. Joseph J. Feeney, S.J. with the Rev. Joseph S. Hogan, S.J. Award and Elizabeth Anne Ford ’99, ’00 (M.S.) with the Ignatius Award. The Hogan Award is bestowed annually to an individual who exemplifies Christian principles and outstanding loyal service to the University, while the Ignatius Award recognizes a graduate within the last 20 years who has devoted efforts in the service and promotion of the University or has lived a life of "service for others" consistent with the principles of Saint Ignatius Loyola.

A professor in the English department and an educator on Hawk Hill for over 40 years, Fr. Feeney is renowned as an expert on the literary works of Gerard Manley Hopkins. He serves as co-editor of the Hopkins Quarterly, and is a Fellow of the English Association. He has had two books published, "Hopkins Variations: Standing Round a Waterfall" (2002) and "The Playfulness of Gerard Manley Hopkins" (2008).  His essays on Hopkins appear in many books.

Ford currently serves as a campus minister for service and social justice programs at Saint Joseph’s. She coordinates local service and social justice programs, campus ministry student leadership formation, and assists with local, national and international immersion programs (including travel to the Romero Center in Camden, N.J., the Appalachian region, Tanzania, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua).  An adjunct professor in the Theology and Religious Studies Department, she teaches the course “Faith, Justice and the Catholic Tradition.”

Media Contact

Carolyn Vivaldi, Assistant Vice President for Development and Alumni Communications, 610-660-1250, cvivaldi@sju.edu


Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni — over 68,000 strong — provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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