Michael R. Bloomberg
Doctor of Humane Letters
“The challenge we face is not restoring a mythical past, but building a brighter future—so that all people, in all regions of the country, of all backgrounds, have a fair shot at living out their American dream. … As the beneficiaries of a great university … you have a particular responsibility to be first in line to do so.” —Michael R. Bloomberg, Villanova Commencement Address
Elected mayor of New York City less than two months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Bloomberg spearheaded many achievements, including initiatives to improve public health; reductions in the city’s crime rate and carbon footprint; an increase in high school graduation rates; and new economic policies supporting small businesses and emerging industries.
“Having had a more universal experience of Catholicism, I try to cast light on ideas that are distinctly American, some of which may be worth questioning,” Dr. Faggioli says.
Bloomberg’s record as an entrepreneur and a philanthropist is equally impressive. His technology firm, Bloomberg LP, which brings financial data and analysis to Wall Street professionals, started with four employees in 1981. It now has 19,000 employees across 73 countries.
He has also donated billions to causes related to education, the environment, public health, government innovation and the arts.