University Advancement

Mike O’Neill Vice President for University Advancement


On October 26, 2013, Villanova launched the comprehensive Campaign: For the Greater Great: the Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change, the most ambitious fundraising Campaign in our history.

We have already exceeded $620 million in gifts and pledges! Every penny we raise is directly supporting the Strategic Plan and cementing Villanova’s position as a nationally pre-eminent Catholic university.

 

Impact from the Campaign

The impact from the Campaign is significant! It will do the following:

  • make Villanova a reality for bright, hard-working young people;
  • retain faculty members who are leaders in their field, and who are passionate about educating young minds;
  • build spaces on campus that utilize the best today’s technology has to offer, and inspire students to be the best they can be.

Higher education is at a crossroads and getting more and more expensive. Thus, this Campaign comes at a pivotal time. Now is our moment and we cannot succeed without your partnership and support.

I ask you to continue to support our goals and aspirations because we have so much left to do. And Villanova has always been at its best when our community is working together.

Mike O’Neill
Senior Vice President for University Advancement

Villanova University’s Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Institute Receives $1 Million Commitment

Villanova University has announced a $1 million commitment in support of the Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute from alumnus Daniel Hogarty ’61 VSB and his wife, Ellen. One of Villanova’s interdisciplinary institutes, the ICE Institute drives academic and professional development opportunities that nurture the entrepreneurial mindset throughout the Villanova community.

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Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law Names the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy in Recognition of Gifts Totaling $5 Million

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law announced that its Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy will be named in honor of Eleanor H. McCullen, recognizing recent gifts totaling $5 million from her husband, Joseph T. McCullen Jr. ’57 CLAS. The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy will offer new academic programming for Villanova law students and will serve as a hub for conferences and seminars on emerging advocacy issues in law, religion and public policy.  

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For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change Exceeds $620 million in Gifts and Pledges

Through For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change, you—the Nova Nation—alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends continue to build upon the foundation set forth by our founders 175 years ago. Since the Campaign launched in October 2013, nearly 68,000 members of the Nova Nation have stepped forward and created true impact at our great University.

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

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.  

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Villanova University Receives $1 Million Commitment for Villanova Football

Villanova University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, has announced a $1 million gift from Sheila Labrecque, wife of the late Thomas Labrecque ’60, former chairman and chief executive of the Chase Manhattan Corporation and former Villanova University Trustee, to support the Villanova Football program.

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Villanova University Receives $2.5 Million Commitment from Kevin M. Curley (’80 VSB) Designated for Villanova School of Business

Villanova University has received a $2.5 million commitment from alumnus Kevin M. Curley, ’80 VSB—Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Curley Financial Group LLC—to support renovations to The Exchange, a popular dining and gathering space for the Villanova community in Bartley Hall, home of the Villanova School of Business (VSB).

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Villanova University College of Nursing Receives $3 Million Gift in Memory of Alumna Doris Clark Schley ’57 BSN

The Villanova University College of Nursing has received a $3 million gift from Dr. Jenkins L. “Mike” Schley, MD, in tribute to his late wife, LTC Doris Clark Schley (ret.) BSN, MSN, a 1957 alumna of the then-new College. The gift is the second-largest ever received by the College of Nursing and will establish an endowed chair and scholarship in Doris Clark Schley’s memory.

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$10 Million Commitment from Alumnus Albert Lepage to Establish Center for History in the Public Interest

Villanova University has received a $10 million commitment from Albert Lepage ’69 CLAS, retired co-chairman of Lepage Bakeries Inc., to establish the Center for History in the Public Interest. This commitment marks the largest-ever gift to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the University’s oldest and largest college.

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$22.6 Million Gift from Alumnus William B. Finneran to Advance Renovation of The Pavilion and Support the Men’s Basketball Program

Villanova University President, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, announced a $22.6 million total leadership gift from alumnus William B. Finneran ’63, for the advancement of its strategic plan for a renovation of the Pavilion as well as programmatic support for its men’s basketball program. This marks the largest gift ever to Villanova Athletics and propels the University forward, adding to the excitement and momentum generated from winning the 2016 National Championship.

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Villanova University Receives $1 Million Commitment from Connelly Foundation to Establish Center for Irish Studies

Villanova University has received a $1 million commitment from the Connelly Foundation to support a new Center for Irish Studies. Villanova’s current Irish Studies Program, housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is one of the oldest programs of its kind in the U.S., and provides students with diverse academic and cultural experiences that connect to the University’s Irish Augustinian Catholic heritage.  

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Alumna Anne Welsh McNulty ’75 Invests $5 Million to Establish New Institute for Women’s Leadership at Villanova University

Villanova University has announced the creation of a new Institute for Women’s Leadership with a $5 million gift from Anne Welsh McNulty ’75 CLAS, co-founder and managing partner of JBK Partners and former member of the Villanova Board of Trustees. This interdisciplinary institute recognizes the importance of advancing women as leaders on campus and in the world and solidifies Villanova’s commitment to cultivating leaders. 

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$25 Million Gift Designated for the Villanova University School of Law from Alumnus Charles Widger, Esq. ’73 VLS

Villanova University President, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, has announced a transformative $25 million leadership gift to its School of Law from alumnus Charles Widger, Esq., ’73 VLS, founder and executive chairman of Brinker Capital.

This investment is the largest ever to the Law School and the second largest in the University’s history.  In recognition, the School will be named the “Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.” With this designation, the Law School becomes the first named school or college at Villanova University.

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