De La Salle Medal Dinner raises more than $1 million for Manhattan College.
Manhattan College presented John Magliano ’66, chairman of Syska Hennesssy Group, Inc., with the De La Salle Medal at the College’s annual fundraising dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York City.
The College raised more than $1 million. Proceeds from the $750-per-plate fundraiser are applied to academic and cocurricular programs, scholarships assistance and library resources.
Magliano, a licensed professional engineer in 12 states, joined Syska Hennessy Group, one of the country’s leading consulting, engineering, technology and construction firms, in 1970, after graduated from the College with a degree in electrical engineering and served a four-year tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force.
“The Christian Brothers and my professors taught me not only the academic disciplines for my career, but also the foundation for integrity and growth,” said Magliano upon accepting the De La Salle Medal. “When (Manhattan College President) Brother Thomas Scanlan asked me to be tonight’s honoree, I realized this would be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the accomplishments of Manhattan’s engineers.”
During his 38 years with Syska Hennessy, he has served as principal-in-charge of many of its high-profile clients and projects, including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the United Nations and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
A firm advocate of mentoring and team advancement, Magliano is one of the founding members of the ACE Mentor Program, a nonprofit group that provides mentoring for high school students in the fields of architecture, construction and engineering. He also established Syska’s unique Engineer in Training Program, an intensive program for new engineers just out of college, among other initiatives.
Richard Anderson, president of the New York Building Congress, Tom Farrell ’83, senior managing director of Tishman Speyer, and Richard Tomasetti ’63, founding principal of Thornton Tomasetti, Inc., served as dinner co-chairmen.
The De La Salle Medal was established in 1951 in honor of John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and one of the world’s great educators. The Order founded Manhattan College in 1853. Since 1977, the De La Salle Medal has been conferred annually by the College’s board of trustees to honor executives who exemplify the principles of excellence and corporate leadership. Past recipients include New York Life Insurance Chief Executive Sy Sternberg, former Mayor of New York City Rudolph W. Giuliani ’65 and Con Edison Chairman Eugene R. McGrath ’63.