Campus & Culture

Distinguished Alumnus John R. Post ’60 Makes Major Naming Gift for Pedestrian Underpass

The pedestrian underpass, which will provide a safe and direct connection between Saint Joseph’s Lower Merion and West Philadelphia sides of the Hawk Hill campus, will be named Post Crossing upon its completion.

Rendering of students using Post Crossing to walk between Saint Joseph's Lower Merion and West Philadelphia sides of the Hawk Hill campus.

by Kevin Gfeller ’20

Saint Joseph’s University announced the pledge of a major financial gift from distinguished alumnus John R. Post ’60. A new pedestrian underpass, connecting the Lower Merion and West Philadelphia sides of the Hawk Hill campus, will be named Post Crossing upon its completion. 

Post is committed to the transformational power of a Jesuit education — especially the one that Saint Joseph’s provides. He believes that the Post Crossing project will become a symbol of that special journey, inspiring future Hawks to lead lives filled with purpose, generosity and service to others. 

Post Crossing, expected to be completed during the 2024 spring semester, will pass beneath City Avenue. It will provide pedestrians and cyclists with a safe and efficient path for crossing City Avenue, away from vehicular traffic. The University expects hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members to use Post Crossing every day. The completion of this project marks a defining moment in Saint Joseph’s campus master plan, as it will allow for easy access to and from major landmarks like the Fitness and Recreation Center and upcoming new first-year residence hall.

"When you take a walk across our Hawk Hill campus, you see the extraordinary impact of John Post’s generosity throughout the decades," says Cheryl A. McConnell, PhD, president of Saint Joseph's. "He has helped enrich our institution's academic, cultural and physical landscapes, which will benefit our community for generations to come." 

Post has an extensive history of giving back to his alma mater. Two significant buildings on campus, the John R. Post ’60 Academic Center and Post Hall, are named in his honor for his generous contributions to the University. In 2006, Post was honored with the Shield of Loyola, the University’s highest honor in recognition of distinguished alumni who have achieved remarkable professional success, share the values of St. Ignatius of Loyola and who have demonstrated loyalty to Saint Joseph’s University. Post has also donated several iconic metal sculptures, which grace the campus grounds.

In addition to naming the pedestrian underpass, Post’s gift is a significant contribution toward Saint Joseph’s SOAR comprehensive campaign goal of $300 million. As of October 2023, the University has raised nearly $180 million, which will fund the modernization and development of campus facilities, bolstering the University’s commitment to financial aid and furthering academic excellence through investments in new and existing academic programs.

John R. Post ’60 is the president of Post Precision Castings, Inc., a leading producer of high-quality investment castings, founded in 1964. Located in Strausstown, Pennsylvania, Post Precision Castings is a major producer of commercial and pressure vessel castings for nuclear and petrochemical industries.