Villanova University Assumes Ownership of Cabrini Campus

Villanova University Assumes Ownership of Cabrini Campus

VILLANOVA, Pa. (June 28, 2024)—Villanova University officially assumed ownership of Cabrini University’s 112-acre campus in Radnor, Pa., as of Friday, June 28.

Villanova and Cabrini, along with the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus—who founded Cabrini University—announced the final agreement between the institutions in November 2023, which called for Villanova to assume ownership of the Cabrini campus after the conclusion of the 2023-24 academic year. The transaction was completed Friday, June 28 after the necessary regulatory and other approvals.

“I would again like to thank President Helen Drinan, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the entire Cabrini community for entrusting us with the Cabrini campus and legacy,” said University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD. “Earlier this month, I celebrated the final Mass at Cabrini University. It was a bittersweet but befitting ending—celebrating the rich history and impact Cabrini University has had over the past 67 years. We at Villanova are honored and humbled to be the new stewards of the Cabrini legacy and its beautiful campus.”

In tribute to the Cabrini legacy, the campus will be called the “Villanova University Cabrini Campus.” Villanova will also preserve the overarching legacy and mission of Mother Cabrini and Cabrini University through a variety of initiatives. While plans are still being finalized, Villanova intends to maintain the current usage and functionality of the Cabrini campus buildings. To facilitate the necessary work to incorporate and utilize the campus for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and alumni, the majority of the Cabrini campus will close July 1 with a forecasted reopening in Fall 2026.

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