VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University has received a $5 million commitment from alumnus and University Trustee Patrick McMahon ’85, and his wife, Kristen, as part of the University’s comprehensive capital campaign, “For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change.” The McMahons’ gift, announced Oct. 12 at Hoops on the Hudson in New York City—the University’s annual event celebrating the start of the Men’s Basketball season—supports renovations to the Pavilion, which will be named Finneran Pavilion when it reopens.
“The McMahons’ generous gift will have a significant impact on the countless Villanova students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans who visit Finneran Pavilion. I am extremely grateful to Patrick and Kristen for their dedication and devotion to Villanova and for the numerous ways in which they support the University’s betterment,” said the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75, Villanova University President.
“Villanova's strong commitment to its core values and culture has helped it become one of the elite universities in the country. Kristen and I are excited to support Villanova Basketball and proud to be a part of the University's future generation of leaders who believe in excellence and a responsibility to give back to its community,” said Patrick McMahon.
In recognition of the McMahons’ generous commitment, Villanova will name “McMahon Way,” a vibrant new entry plaza and showcase of Villanova’s proud athletic tradition leading into Finneran Pavilion. McMahon Way will welcome students, alumni and fans attending Villanova Basketball games and other signature events, including the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival—the largest student-run Special Olympics event in the world—the St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service and Commencement and Orientation activities.
"Pat and Kristen’s generosity is representative of their love and passion for all things Villanova. It’s been a wonderful experience building a friendship with both of them over the last two years. Their generosity goes well beyond this incredible donation, as their leadership, insight and advice have made an enormous impact on our community,” said Mark Jackson, Director of Athletics.
"Our basketball program is inspired by Pat and Kristen's generous gift to Villanova Basketball and Finneran Pavilion. The McMahons are a great Villanova Basketball family and their commitment is appreciated by all of us at Villanova,” said Jay Wright, William B. Finneran Endowed Athletic Fund Head Coach, Villanova Men’s Basketball.
The McMahons have previously established The Endowed Fund for Villanova Men’s Basketball and The Patrick and Kristen McMahon Endowed Scholarship at Villanova. Patrick McMahon has been a member of the Villanova University Board of Trustees since 2013 and is a Board Member of the Each One Counts Foundation, founded by a Villanova University alumnus to raise funds to ease the physical pain and suffering of terminally ill children who are receiving pediatric hospice or palliative care. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Els for Autism Foundation established by professional golfer Ernie Els.
“McMahon Way will be the first steps Villanovans take as they come together for basketball games and so many other traditions that shape the Villanova experience. We look forward to celebrating Kristen and Pat’s incredible philanthropy in this meaningful way,” said Michael J. O’Neill, Senior Vice President for University Advancement.
Villanova launched the public phase of its campaign in Oct. 2013, and to date has raised more than $680 million.
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.