How Benefactors Enhance our Catholic, Jesuit Education

Dear Friends,

In this edition of the President’s Report, I’m pleased to share with you the Honor Roll of Donors who have supported Saint Joseph’s University in fiscal year 2013 as well as stories of just a few ways in which we continue to live and fulfill our Catholic, Jesuit mission.

Only through the support of our generous benefactors is Saint Joseph’s able to improve upon the dynamic academic and student life experience we pride ourselves in providing for our students. Support for scholarship continues to be a top priority and need, and I’m grateful to the many alumni and friends who have supported and will continue to support the President’s Magis Scholarship Initiative.

“Support for scholarship continues to be a top priority and need…”

We have raised more than $4.5 million since launching this initiative this past fall. I’m humbled by the stories of our donors, like trustee A. Bruce Crawley ’67 and Linda K. Stone ’78, featured here, who share the tremendous impact their scholarships have had on their lives. And, I’m hopeful knowing that we continue to raise funds for this worthwhile mission to give even more deserving students the opportunity to experience a Saint Joseph’s education.

As an alumnus, nothing is more energizing to me than seeing so many alumni reconnect with our alma mater. Here, we share some impressive statistics that highlight the many ways in which more alumni are participating. Whether it be through attendance at an event, by mentoring a student or by consistently supporting the University through giving, our alumni are becoming increasingly engaged with the University – making us an even stronger community of men and women with and for others.

Every day, we see the impact of the James J. Maguire ’58 Campus, made possible by our alumni, parents and friends. Five years ago, when the University signed the agreement to purchase this property, we could not have fully imagined the many ways in which this campus would come alive. The best way to tell this story is to paint a picture of a day in the life of the Maguire Campus in the featured video here. We remain truly humbled by the tremendous gift of the Maguire Campus that Frannie and Jim ’58 Maguire, Nancy and Brian ’69 Duperreault and all the donors have given our students and faculty.

I’m also extremely proud of the work being done by the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support, which continues to enhance its programmatic offerings academically and for the community in an effort to find new and meaningful ways to address the issues confronting families affected by the autism spectrum disorder. Thanks to the leadership provided by Margaret and Paul ’70 Hondros, our students are making a difference in the lives of families coping with this diagnosis.

These stories are just a glimpse of the many ways in which Saint Joseph’s University continues to enhance its educational mission. To our many loyal donors, thank you for believing in our mission and helping us enhance the educational experience for our students. We are blessed to be able to have you as members of this vibrant community, and I’m grateful for your support and loyalty to Saint Joseph’s University. 

Blessings and best wishes,

C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. ‘72