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McDonoughs donate $1 million to Saint Xavier University

Donation will fund capital improvements

Chicago (April 10, 2006) – Life trustee James McDonough and his wife, Jacque, have pledged $1 million to fund capital improvements at Saint Xavier University’s Chicago campus.

“Jacque and I have great affection for the Sisters of Mercy, and we really appreciate the mission of Saint Xavier University and all it does for the community. The plans are exciting, and they deserve the support of the Board and the entire community,” James McDonough said.

“We are exceedingly grateful to the McDonoughs for continuing their extraordinary generosity to Saint Xavier University. We are blessed to have friends such as these,” said Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D., president of Saint Xavier University.

In 2004, the University initiated a campus planning process to help focus creative thinking about existing and future facilities that will create a more welcoming environment for studying, learning and working, and identified changes and/or improvements for both the short and long-term.

“This wonderful gift from the McDonoughs will be combined with additional gifts to fund future construction in keeping with the Saint Xavier University strategic plan,” said Steven Murphy, Ed.D., vice president for university advancement at Saint Xavier University.

An earlier donation by the McDonoughs allowed for construction of  McDonough Chapel on Saint Xavier University’s Chicago campus, which opened in September 2000.

Saint Xavier University is a private, coeducational institution serving more than 5,700 students with high quality academic programs. It offers 36 undergraduate majors and 32 graduate program options in five schools. With campuses in Chicago and Orland Park, the University offers personalized education that emphasizes challenging undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of study.

Saint Xavier University, a Catholic institution inspired by the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, educates men and women to search for truth, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good.

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