A Basketball Ticket, A Bachelor's Degree, A Business Lecture Series
Longtime SJU supporters Anthony ’60 and Evelyn Carfagno endow a business lecture series in their name.
by Marisa (Fulton) Benjamin ’03
Engaging the Saint Joseph’s University community in discussions about issues and opportunities in business has been a lifelong aspiration for Anthony Carfagno ’60, a founding member and chairman emeritus of the Haub School of Business Board of Visitors and longtime pharmaceutical executive.
With the establishment of the Evelyn S. and Anthony M. ’60 Carfagno Endowed Lecture Series — a program that promotes civic engagement and fosters dialogue about pressing issues and trends — his dream was realized. Now in its seventh year, the series has hosted guest speakers such as legendary journalist Tom Brokaw and CNN commentator and author Michael Smerconish, who have helped put the University on the map as a distinguished center for thought leadership.
With momentum building from the recently unveiled strategic plan, Thinking Anew, Acting Anew, and after decades of supporting the University in many ways, the Carfagnos decided to endow the lecture series. Their significant planned gift will enhance and enrich Saint Joseph’s academic quality and distinction for students in perpetuity.
“The timing is perfect to increase the endowment, which has an encompassing effect on the school’s recognition,” says Anthony, who, with Evelyn, chairs the Ignatian Circle, a society of donors who contribute to SJU through a bequest, trust or other life-income gift.
University President Mark C. Reed, Ed.D., says that the Carfagnos are among Saint Joseph’s most steadfast supporters. “They are dedicated to helping us advance our mission and goals in ways big and small,” he says. “The endowment of this lecture series allows us to continue to bring intellectually stimulating topics and impressive speakers to campus to complement our students’ learning and engage our community.”
The greater SJU community has benefitted from the opportunity to hear from a wide array of experts who have participated in the lecture series. In 2016, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham discussed ethical leadership in faith, politics and business, while Fortune Editor Alan Murray addressed business ethics in some of the world’s largest corporations. The series’ focus on innovation, culture and leadership has helped spark thoughtful dialogue among students, faculty and staff.
“The values I learned here continue to influence every aspect of my life.” Anthony Carfagno ’60
“The lecture series is Anthony’s legacy to Saint Joseph’s,” says Haub School of Business Dean Joseph A. DiAngelo Jr., Ed.D. ’70, who considers him a close advisor. “It was his dream to create a series that would connect the University with key influencers in business, politics and economics.”
For Anthony, attending SJU was the first step toward what would become a prestigious career in the pharmaceutical industry. He retired in 2010 as president of the Pharmaceutical Quality Institute. Earlier in his career, he served as chairman of the New Jersey Quality Control Association, as an expert advisor to the United States Pharmaceutical Compendia, and as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Good Manufacturing Practice.
Anthony says that, when he was an under-graduate science student, his Jesuit professors such as Frs. Guthrie, Emory and Smith had a “profound impact on my life, primarily for teaching me how to think. We were never told ‘what to think,’ but we were taught how to develop our own thought processes to make informed decisions. This has been a major factor in any success that I have experienced in my business career.”
His love for the men’s basketball team also began when he was an undergraduate. Since then, Anthony and Evelyn have been recognized among the program’s most devoted alumni. Their dedication to the program was recognized in 2009 with the naming of the Carfagno Ticket Office in Hagan Arena and, in 2015, Anthony received the Bro. Bartholomew A. Sheehan, S.J. ’27, Award in appreciation for his allegiance to SJU.
“Tony and Evelyn have been among the most loyal and long-standing supporters of the University, athletics and men’s basketball,” says Don DiJulia ’67, vice president and director of athletics. “In just about every interaction, Tony asks, ‘Is everything okay? What can we do for you?’ It’s humbling that they care so much about Saint Joseph’s.”
While supporting SJU has been a lifetime commitment for the Carfagnos — the Carfagno Seminar Room in Mandeville Hall is also named for them — the bold vision outlined in the University’s strategic plan made the timing ideal to further their mission of connecting students to the greater world around them. Their recent gift to support the Evelyn S. and Anthony M. ’60 Carfagno Endowed Lecture Series is another building block in helping students develop and foster the skills needed to become tomorrow’s leaders, problem-solvers and innovators.
“After we were married, I realized how important the University was in Anthony’s life and soon felt welcomed into the community,” says Evelyn. “I understood why he was so committed to being involved in the school’s development and growth. Together, we fully support Saint Joseph’s decision to strengthen its standing as a prominent, comprehensive university.”
Anthony adds, “We hope that the lecture series continues to be a part of the fabric of what is a transformative educational experience for future generations at SJU.”
After all, he says, “The values I learned here continue to influence every aspect of my life.”
Benjamin is a frequent contributor to Saint Joseph’s University Magazine.
The Ignatian Circle
More than 600 alumni and friends have chosen to support Saint Joseph’s as part of the Ignatian Circle — individuals who have provided a planned gift to SJU — over the past 20 years. Planned giving options may offer tax advantages or lifetime income for the donor or a beneficiary. To become involved:
- Include SJU in a will or trust
- Name SJU as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy, an individual retirement account (IRA), a bank account or a charitable remainder trust
- Establish a charitable gift annuity
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