SJU Ushers in New Era With Official Acquisition of Maguire Campus

Monday, August 18, 2008

August 8, 2008 was an historic day for Saint Joseph's University, marking the formal acquisition of the James J. Maguire '58 Campus.

The 38-acre property, longtime home of the Episcopal Academy, will instantly transform every aspect of the University experience and position SJU to achieve its bold vision for the future.  Not since relocating from downtown Philadelphia to City Avenue in 1927 has Saint Joseph's made such a dramatic move.

The property officially changed hands during a noontime ceremony.  University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J. and EA Head of School L. Hamilton Clark completed the transaction by signing the deed and exchanging the keys to the campus in front of a small gathering that included local government and civic leaders, current and past members of the Board of Trustees, members of University cabinet and the project's lead benefactors, Jim and Frannie Maguire and Brian Duperreault '69.

"It's a remarkable day. What we're doing, most colleges and universities could not even imagine," said President Lannon. "Today is indeed a transformation of place, of people and of experience, which will permeate our university forever. This additional campus will provide for us limitless potential and affirms our position as a preeminent Catholic comprehensive university."

University students, faculty and staff, along with alumni, family and friends are invited to be part of the transformation by attending the formal Maguire Campus Ribbon Cutting, in conjunction with Family and Alumni Weekend, on Saturday, September 27 at 10 a.m.

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--Phil Denne '96

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