Our Exciting Path Ahead

Welcome to the summer edition of the President’s Report. As we anticipate the start of the 2011-12 academic year, we look ahead with bold anticipation.

Our path is an exciting one. Through the unprecedented outpouring of generosity during our $152 million campaign, we are able to achieve more for our students than we ever imagined. Student life has already been enhanced with the many new facilities on the James J. Maguire ’58 Campus, the Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena & Jack Ramsay ’49 Basketball Center, and Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support. Meanwhile, construction is well underway for the John R. Post ’60 Academic Center and John and Maryanne Hennings Post Learning Commons to open spring 2012.

Beyond bricks and mortar, gifts for student financial aid, faculty development and The Saint Joseph’s Fund are providing critical support for our students, faculty and the University’s greatest needs. The news about Saint Joseph’s endowment is also very positive: it has risen from $158 million to $170 million, surpassing the level attained before the economic downturn.

Continuing progress remains evident at Saint Joseph’s. Rising next to the Drexel Library, the Post Learning Commons, the University’s new technologically advanced center of learning, is progressing. At the south entrance of our campus, the University recently broke ground for Villiger Hall, a new freshman dormitory that will comfortably accommodate more than 400 students.

During this time of transition, Saint Joseph’s remains strong and steadfastly committed to providing our students with an excellent Catholic, Jesuit education. We are ready to write the next exciting chapter in the history of this great University. At the heart of our story are our alumni, parents, family and friends. Your generosity propels Saint Joseph’s forward to become all that we can be. Thank you for all that you do.

John W. Smithson ’68, MBA ’82
Interim President