Stories of Passion and Gratitude

Dear Friends,

This edition of the President’s Report provides the opportunity to reflect upon the previous fiscal year and the many ways the Saint Joseph’s community contributed to the advancement of our Catholic, Jesuit mission. Despite a challenging year on Hawk Hill, our community — that is our alumni, parents, friends, faculty and staff — demonstrated their belief in and support for Saint Joseph’s University and the students we serve.

While in many ways, it became a year of news stories, it was also a year of academic, engagement, enrollment and philanthropic successes.

In this report, you’ll read about some of the people who shape Saint Joseph’s through their generosity of treasure and spirit. From students who devote their spring break to helping families in Appalachia to alumni mentors who share their professional expertise with our students to benefactors who advance Saint Joseph’s mission through their philanthropy, our stories of hope and faith tell the deeper story of Hawk Hill.

In the Jesuit tradition of providing access to education to those who desire a curriculum and environment founded on Ignatian values, the President’s Magis Scholarship Initiative has enhanced our ability to place a Catholic, Jesuit education within reach of more students. Since the initiative’s launch, generous benefactor support has enabled us to add 38 scholarships for our students. Gifts of all sizes — received from loyal Saint Joseph’s Fund donors and Barbelin and Magis Society members — demonstrate our donors’ unwavering faith in Saint Joseph’s University.

I’m filled with gratitude for every member of the Saint Joseph’s community whose love for our University ignites a passion that’s focused on providing a rich and meaningful educational experience for students. The many gifts you share with us continue to humble and inspire me.

Thank you for all you do for Saint Joseph’s University. You define what it means to live greater.

With blessings and gratitude,


C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. ’72