Leadership Awards Dinner to Honor Esteemed Alumni

Sunday, September 10, 2017

PHILADELPHIA  (September 10, 2017) — The Saint Joseph’s University Alumni Association is proud to announce the honorees who will be celebrated for their accomplishments and dedication to their alma mater at the Leadership Awards Dinner at Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Thursday, Nov. 2. Proceeds from the dinner, the University’s premier fundraising event, support students through the Shield of Loyola Scholarship Fund. Register>

Daniel J. Hilferty III ’78 (top left), the visionary president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross (Independence), one of the nation’s leading health insurance organizations, will receive the Shield of Loyola. The former vice chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, Hilferty is the 37th recipient of the Shield of Loyola. Since Hilferty became CEO in 2010, Independence and its affiliates have tripled their patient rolls to more than 8.5 million in 25 states and Washington, D.C., including more than 2.5 million in southeastern Pennsylvania, which makes Independence the region’s largest health insurer.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Muffet McGraw ’77 (top middle row), head coach of the University of Notre Dame’s women’s basketball team, will be honored with the Alumni Professional Achievement Award. The winningest single-sport coach in Fighting Irish history, McGraw is one of six men’s or women’s basketball coaches in NCAA Division I history with 800 wins, seven Final Four appearances and five NCAA title games. In her 30 seasons, McGraw has compiled a 765-227 record, qualified for the past 22 NCAA tournaments, and brought the NCAA Championship title to the South Bend, Indiana, university in 2001.

Anita Gallagher Kelly and Jack Kelly, from the Class of 1977 (bottom row), has been selected to receive the Reverend Joseph S. Hogan, S.J. Award. Ardent University supporters through philanthropy and volunteerism, the Kellys have served in numerous University-related service positions, including co-chairing the Barbelin Society, the University’s annual leadership giving society. They continue to belong to the Barbelin Society and have been long-time men’s basketball season ticket holders and Hawk Athletic Fund supporters for many years.

A human resources administrator at homeless empowerment and advocacy organization Project HOMEScarlett McCahill ’06 (top right) will be honored with the Ignatius Award. Embracing the Ignatian tenet of “women with and for others” as a life motto, McCahill has held a number of positions at Project HOME. She now manages hiring and training for new staff and university interns across the organization, including a partnership with SJU’s Faith-Justice Institute, which provides service-learning student volunteers to agency sites.


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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 8,500 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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