VILLANOVA, Pa. – 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). The new Kevin M. Curley Family Exchange provides a multi-functional, professional and communal environment for students, faculty and staff to use for work and study, meetings, gathering and dining. Designated for VSB, the gift is part of the University’s $600 million Comprehensive Capital Campaign, For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change.
“Our academic facilities are an important part of the Villanova experience, and the newly renovated Curley Exchange is an ideal environment to encourage the spirit of innovation and collaboration that we cultivate at the Villanova School of Business,” said the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75, Villanova University President. “We are grateful to Kevin for supporting this project, and for his ongoing dedication to the University.”
“Villanova has been a great source of joy for my family in so many ways,” Curley said. “We are proud to be a part of the Campaign and trust our gift will positively impact Villanova and its students for many years to come.”
The new Kevin M. Curley Family Exchange features numerous communal and technological enhancements, including:
- Increased capacity with café-style seating, booths and moveable tables and chairs for maximum flexibility.
- Enhanced technology, including new large screen LED TVs, state-of-the-art audio visual equipment and charging stations.
- A newly designed entrance, high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and a floating wood trellis with lighting.
- A new cross-functional space that can be closed off from the surrounding Exchange for meetings, dining or presentations.
“The Curley Exchange will be a place in which all Villanovans can gather, collaborate, study and explore new ideas,” said Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, The Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business. “This gift has transformed The Exchange in Bartley Hall, creating an engaging space for students, faculty, staff and alumni.”
A special dedication of The Kevin M. Curley Family Exchange will be held September 28, 2016.
Villanova launched the public phase of its Campaign in Oct. 2013, and to date has raised more than $570 million 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.
About Kevin M. Curley:
Kevin M. Curley is the Chairman and CEO of Curley Financial Group LLC in Dallas, Texas. The Curley Family has made charitable contributions to more than 100 organizations over the past 30 years. Curley previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive of the Curley Insurance Group, Inc. which he founded in 1988 and sold in 2007. He serves as the General Partner for the Curley Family Partnership, Killarney Capital Ltd.
After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Villanova School of Business in 1980, Curley attended graduate school at the University of Dallas. He serves on Villanova’s President’s Advisory Council and the Villanova School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council, is a current Board Member of the American Ireland Fund and the Housing Crises Center and a past Board member of the Dallas Opera and Dallas Performing Arts Center. Curley is a resident of Dallas, Texas, and New York City, and is the proud father of Kevin II, ’09 VSB, a financial advisor with UBS Securities in Dallas; Kathleen, an account executive with Wells Fargo in New York City; and Conor, an account executive with Construction Insurance Services, Inc. in Dallas, and the father-in-law of Courtney Curley, ’09 CLAS.
The Villanova School of Business (VSB) undergraduate program is ranked #1 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers or Institutes of Excellence (the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights, the Center for Church Management & Business Ethics and the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute) with each center and institute designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit business.villanova.edu.
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