Saint Joseph’s University Magazine | Fall 2019

In 1729, the Jesuits founded the first Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia. That site at Old St. Joseph’s Church on Willings Alley would become the birthplace of St. Joseph’s College in 1851. The Jesuits intentionally chose Philadelphia because it was one of the most influential cities in America at the time, and because they prefer to focus their work around the urban center, plugging in to the opportunities and challenges found in those places. While these realities have evolved over nearly 300 years, the need for a Jesuit perspective in our city is as strong and resilient as ever. Read more...

Cover Story: The Future of Campus

The University presents a bold vision for a future campus. Already underway, the plan optimizes the campus’ footprint and features an academic expansion; contemporized athletic and wellness facilities; and enhanced recreational, residential, pedestrian and green spaces to enrich the total student experience. Read more...

Ready to Lead

A new energy can be felt across campus this fall. In addition to welcoming an incoming class of fresh faces, Saint Joseph’s officially launched a new academic school, introduced enhancements to the athletics program and proposed plans to transform the campus’ physical footprint. As Saint Joseph’s embraces this next chapter in its history, these additions reaffirm the University’s commitment to enhancing the student experience and elevating programs of excellence.

This summer, Saint Joseph’s also welcomed three notable newcomers: Cheryl A. McConnell, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs; Angela Rowe McDonald, Ph.D., dean of the new School of Health Studies and Education; and Zenobia Hargust, chief human resources officer. They join new head men’s basketball coach Billy Lange, who came to Hawk Hill at the end of March, as part of a diverse team of long-serving leaders and new additions that are ready to launch the University forward.

Saint Joseph’s University Magazine spent time with each of the new arrivals to learn about their history, passion and vision for the University’s future.




University Administration

Mark C. Reed, Ed.D.

Vice President, University Relations
Joseph P. Kender

Chief Marketing Communications Officer
Marie Williams

Executive Director of Communications
Kelly Welsh ’05 (M.A.)

Creative Director
Ryan Starr

Magazine Staff

Editorial Director
Meaghan Resta

Managing Editor
Jeffrey Martin ’04, ’05 (M.A.)

Art Direction
Ian W. Riley

Lisa Chicchi ’09

Melissa Kelly ’13 (M.A.)

Athletic Communications
Brittany Baronski ’19
Gail Benner
Phil Denne ’96
Emmalee Eckstein
Gabrielle Lacherza
Carly Montecalvo ’19