GOVERNMENT RELATIONS & EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

The Office of Government Relations & External Affairs works closely with elected officials, civic and business organizations, and non-profits in Radnor and Lower Merion Townships, Delaware County, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Federal Government. This page serves as a resource to keep students, employees, friends, and neighbors of Villanova informed about the University and our community.

COVID-19 UPDATE

The Friends of Villanova and Senior Citizen Personal Enrichment programs are both suspended for the Spring 2021 semester to minimize the amount of visitors on campus.

The University welcomes neighbors to visit campus throughout the day, and we ask that you remember:

  1. Whether taking a walk, jogging, riding a bike, or walking a dog, a mask must be worn on Villanova’s campus at all times. Signs have been placed around campus to remind students, faculty, staff, and visitors that masks must be worn when on campus
  2. Public use of athletic facilities – the Davis Center, Pavilion Pool, Jake Nevin Field House/Villanova Stadium, tennis and basketball courts – are prohibited at this time to minimize density, maintain social distancing and limit the number of visitors to campus

The health and safety of all community members is of utmost importance at Villanova and the primary goal of the University’s policies and protocols continues to focus on minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Villanova continues to work with the Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as local, state & federal agencies.

Villanova’s Student Health Center will again conduct surveillance testing and diagnostic testing during the Spring semester. Surveillance testing will begin on Monday, February 1, 2021. Testing will be conducted in partnership with Vault Health and continue through the end of the semester. The COVID-19 Campus Dashboard will be updated with number of tests and confirmed positive cases daily.

INFORMATION FOR NEIGHBORS & FRIENDS

Neighbors Update

Noteworthy Dates

Economic Impact Study

Friends of Villanova

Opportunities to be Involved

Community Conversations

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RESOURCES

ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY IMPACT

70

Local Businesses Accept NovaBucks

340,000

Annual Visitors to campus

2,700 Employees

THE LARGEST EMPLOYER IN RADNOR TOWNSHIP

250,000 Hours

of Annual Community Service and Service Learning

$28 Million

Annual Impact from Student and Visitor Spending in Radnor Township

$1.9 Million 

Average Annual Payment to Radnor Township and Radnor Township School District

$94 Million

ANNUAL IMPACT FROM STUDENT AND SPENDING IN THE GREATER PHILADELPHIA REGION

$13 Million

ANNUAL TAX REVENUE GENERATED FOR THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

VILLANOVA IN THE NEWS

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VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University has partnered with the Delaware County and Main Line Chambers of Commerce, and the Wayne and Bryn Mawr Business Associations, on an initiative to connect local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with students seeking remote, virtual work opportunities.  

MAY 5, 2020

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At Villanova University, education takes place both inside and outside of the classroom. For students living off-campus, for instance, the University is committed to educating them about the importance of being a good neighbor—and how it’s vital to ensuring a positive, successful relationship between the University, its students and the community. 

SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

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RADNOR—If you have an appetite for fine dining, come experience the second annual Main Line Restaurant Week, which runs from Sept. 16 to 22.

SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

image of Laura Wagoner, Father Peter Donohue and Chief of Radnor Police Chris Flanagan

RADNOR — Radnor Police Superintendent Christopher Flanagan received the first ever Villanova University Caritas Award at a ceremony on Monday.

AUGUST 26, 2019

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LOWER MERION — On April 23, Villanova University’s Office of Government and External Affairs co-hosted the inaugural Main Line Small Business Panel and Networking Event with the Ardmore Initiative, Bryn Mawr Business Association, and Wayne Business Association. Panelists included: Ken Kearns, owner of the live music venue 118 North and Cadence Real Estate Advisors; Mary Kelly, PhD, assistant professor and associate director of economics, Villanova School of Business; and Joy Medlock, general manager of Suburban Square.

MAY 10, 2019

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RADNOR — Hoping to foster better town and gown relationships, Radnor Township, Radnor Township police, Villanova University and Home Properties of Bryn Mawr sponsored a barbecue at Home Properties on Sept. 5.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2018