Villanova University Announces $1 Million Gift for Villanova School of Business and Men's Soccer

Gift from Michelle and Sean Traynor (’91 VSB) will fund student scholarship, faculty position and Soccer programming.


Villanova, Pa. – Villanova University has announced a $1 million commitment from Michelle and Sean Traynor, ’91 VSB to support students and faculty at the Villanova School of Business and the Villanova Men’s Soccer program.

The gift will impact both academic and athletic programming at the University, establishing an endowed scholarship for business students and an endowed assistant professorship at the Villanova School of Business, as well as support for Villanova Men’s Soccer.

“Michelle and Sean’s investment in VSB will ensure that deserving students have access to a world-class business curriculum and that they will learn from exceptional scholars and practitioners,” said Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, The Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business. “Their generosity will benefit generations of VSB students and allow VSB to continue to offer an experience that is unrivaled.”

The Traynor Endowed Scholarship will award financial assistance to a qualified undergraduate student enrolled in the Villanova School of Business, which was named the #1 Undergraduate Business School in the Nation by Bloomberg Businessweek. This scholarship will enable the recipient to take full advantage of the School’s innovative curriculum, competitive internship placements and robust alumni network. The Traynor Endowed Assistant Professorship will provide resources to support junior faculty members dedicated to teaching and research.

The Traynors' support for Villanova Men’s Soccer will provide resources for equipment, travel costs, academic support services and more. The 2016 Men’s Soccer recruiting class is one of the top 20 in the nation, according to topdrawersoccer.com.

"We're grateful to Michelle and Sean Traynor for making a gift of this magnitude,” said Men’s Soccer Head Coach Tom Carlin. “This gift speaks to the strong sense of community and generosity that we have here at Villanova, and it opens up new avenues for us to compete with the top soccer programs in the country."

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to support Villanova in two areas, business and soccer, which have meant so much to my family,” Traynor said. “We hope that our contribution will help Villanova continue to provide students with additional resources, so they can attain the most well-rounded education possible.”

Villanova launched the public phase of its Comprehensive Capital Campaign—For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change—in October 2013. To date, more than $590 million has been raised toward its $600 million goal. The most ambitious in the University’s 174-year history, Villanova’s Campaign is aimed at cultivating academic innovation across its schools and colleges, investing in recruiting and retaining the finest teacher-scholars, dramatically enhancing financial aid and student opportunities, and continuing to build a premier living-learning environment on the University’s 260-acre campus.

“Michelle and Sean are dedicated members of the Villanova community, and their gift reflects our commitment to provide a premier living and learning environment—in the classroom and on the field,” said Michael J. O’Neill, Senior Vice President for University Advancement.

Traynor is a General Partner at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe in New York City. He is a member of Villanova’s President’s Advisory Council and received his bachelor’s degree from the Villanova School of Business in 1991.

About Villanova University:
Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit www.villanova.edu.