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2018-2019 Honor Roll of Donors

Manhattan College’s long history of excellence and service owes its success to the enduring partnership among Christian Brothers, faculty, alumni and friends. We are deeply grateful, as always, to the many dedicated supporters who have demonstrated their commitment to the cause of Lasallian Catholic education this past year.

Thanks to you, Manhattan received a record-breaking $16.6 million in gifts overall to support financial assistance and other services on which today’s young Jaspers depend. Of this, the Fund for Manhattan, comprising Annual and Anniversary Class Gifts, raised $2 million. Your generosity makes a measurable, positive difference in the education and lives of our students — 94% of whom receive merit or needbased aid.

For 166 years, Manhattan has provided an outstanding, values-based education for all students, regardless of means. Today, young men and women from diverse backgrounds and circumstances continue to pursue their degrees — and dreams — at the Riverdale campus. Thanks to you, they will go on to make lasting contributions to their communities and fields of endeavor.

July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019

Manhattan College gratefully acknowledges all our generous benefactors. To the best of our knowledge, the information in our Honor Roll of Donors accurately reflects our records. We recognize, however, that omissions or errors, while regrettable, inadvertently may occur. If you find any inaccuracies, please notify the office of Development at (718) 862-7275.

View the full Honor Roll of Donors List

  • Message from the President

    President O'Donnell

    To the Manhattan College community,

    Congratulations on a record-breaking year! Thanks to your generosity, total gifts to the College this year reached an all-time high of $16.6 million. With this Honor Roll, we offer our sincere gratitude to each and every one of our faithful friends and donors. Your support, year in and year out, is a major reason why Manhattan continues to be the strong (and ever stronger) institution that it is.

    Your commitment to the College is more meaningful now than ever. As anyone who pays attention to news and public commentary knows, the past decade has brought unprecedented challenges for higher education in general and for private colleges like Manhattan in particular. While the hard data continue to show that a good college education is an excellent investment — and while Manhattan is widely recognized as providing a particularly strong return on investment — there is no doubt that families are finding it increasingly difficult to meet the costs of a quality education. We are working hard to keep those costs down and to continue to provide a level of financial aid that will make a Manhattan education accessible  to students from families across the economic spectrum.

    By investing in Manhattan, you are making it possible for us to provide our students with the very best experience possible at the most affordable cost. Because we take our inspiration from the patron saint of teachers, nothing is more important to us than excellent teaching. There simply is no substitute for the kind of expert, personal, individualized and patient instruction that our students receive from our faculty. Supporting and augmenting that work beyond the classroom is our superb student-life staff, who design and deliver programming that engages our students in mind and heart, body and soul. Another crucial area in which your support makes all the difference is our never-ending effort to assure that our students and faculty have the facilities and technical infrastructure they need to stay current and competitive.

    The past year offers many especially uplifting examples of your support: Let me mention just two here. Last September, we officially named our business school the Thomas D. O’Malley School of Business in recognition of the extraordinary generosity of Mr. O’Malley, a graduate of the class of 1963, and his wife, Mary Alice. Their $25 million gift — the largest in College history — has helped launch a new era of excellence for a school with an already stellar record of preparing outstanding and ethical business professionals. In addition, progress continues apace on a beautiful 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art engineering and science center, named in appreciation of the generous support of Patricia G. and Cornelius J. Higgins ’62. The Higgins Center, scheduled to open in fall 2020, will be a tremendous addition to  our engineering and science facilities and the first step in developing an expanded, upgraded and integrated south campus.

    While the landscape in which we serve is always changing, the mission of Manhattan College remains constant. That mission is our guiding star. With your support, we continue to be what we have been for 166 years: a place of intense engagement and discovery, a pathway to opportunity, and a force for the common good.

    Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D.

  • Message from the Vice President

    To our Manhattan College family,

    Jaspers received some wonderful news recently: Manhattan continues to rise in national rankings  that study the impact and achievements of leading colleges and universities across the country.

    On August 19, Money announced that Manhattan College is number one in its prestigious annual listing of “the most transformative colleges in America — thanks to its proven ability to change the lives of its students.” Money notes, for example, that Manhattan’s graduation rate is 37 percent “higher than predicted” for comparative institutions.

    Also impressive, our College jumped to 13th place among the 179 “Best Regional Universities” in the northern United States, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 college rankings. We moved two spots higher than last year.

    The plaudits keep coming. Clearly, the time, talent and many resources you contribute keep Manhattan strong even in these challenging times. So I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of you for making this a truly extraordinary fundraising year. As this issue of our Honor Roll of Donors shows, gifts from alumni and friends came to a record-breaking $16.6 million. This includes, of course, the success of our 2019 De La Salle Medal Dinner. Honoring John McAvoy ’80, chairman and chief executive officer of Con Edison Inc., the event raised $2.16 million for student aid.

    Your generosity means so much to Manhattan — and the talented students pursuing their education at our Riverdale campus. As Money notes, our College provides “deeply individualized attention to every student” — a Lasallian hallmark — along with resources like our “Center for Career Development, alumni network and location in New York City.”

    Of course, there is much more to the Manhattan College experience: outstanding faculty, meaningful campus life programs, the latest academic technology and a commitment to educating all students regardless of need. Your generosity makes all of this possible. Thanks to you, Manhattan will continue to be a source of uncommon opportunity for current — and future — generations of Jaspers.

    Thomas Mauriello
    Vice President for College Advancement

  • Message from the Fund for Manhattan Chair
    John Rasulo '86

    Dear Jaspers and Friends,

    When I reflect on the history of Manhattan College, I often think of the concept of tradition plus hard work equals success. This formula speaks to the heritage that strengthens our College to this day. It’s a legacy that continues to grow now in our 166th year.

    I sincerely thank you for your extraordinary support. As I begin my third year as chair of the Fund for Manhattan, I am as excited as I was at the beginning of my tenure. Over the past year, Manhattan received a record-breaking $16.6 million in gifts from dedicated alumni like yourself. It is a testament to your faith in the value of the Lasallian Catholic education we offer our students.

    The fact that your name is listed on the following pages in the Honor Roll of Donors is proof of your commitment to the future of Manhattan College. The Fund for Manhattan — which includes the Anniversary Fund, the Parents Fund, the Senior Class Gift and the Annual Fund — allows us to address an array of critical needs and ensures the financial well-being of our institution.

    As always, the beneficiaries of your generous giving are the impressive young women and men who come to Manhattan. They are equipped with the tools needed to not only succeed in their careers and lives, but to also make a make a meaningful impact in the world. Thank you again for helping our students reach their highest potential.

    John P. Rasulo ’86
    Chair, Fund for Manhattan