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Saint Xavier Records Largest Gift In University's History

Longtime university supporters Bob and Mary Rita Stump donate gift valued at $3.12 million

CHICAGO (April 28, 2004) - Saint Xavier University announced today that it has received the largest gift in its history, valued at $3.12 million.

This gift of 10.11 acres of land in Orland Park was the latest in a series of gifts from Mary Rita and Robert Stump. The Stump family, who reside in Orland Park, previously gave the university the land on which Saint Xavier built its new Orland Park campus. This new facility, dedicated in October 2003, brings the university's exceptional educational programs to students in the southwest suburbs of Chicago.

"I am deeply grateful to Bob and Mary Rita for their generosity," said President Judith A. Dwyer. "This gift is only the latest example of their commitment and generosity to Saint Xavier University."

In March 2002, the university honored the Stumps with the Shield of Saint Xavier, the university's highest honor. The Stumps' daughter, Mary Judith O'Malley, is an alumna of the university and their son-in-law, former State Senator Patrick O'Malley, serves on Saint Xavier's Board of Trustees.
The Stump family's leadership has been transformative, according to Jim Vondracek, vice president for university advancement. "Saint Xavier's new campus in Orland Park is an exciting initiative, for both the university and the communities it serves, and this extraordinary new educational resource was made possible by the vision of Mary Rita and Bob Stump."