Illustration of Villanova University President the Reverend Peter M. Donohue.

ILLUSTRATION: Peter James Field

Spring Forward

Dear Friends,

Signs of spring are beginning to pop up all over campus—and the budding flowers are far from the only growth we’re seeing at Villanova.

We’re excited to give more of our students an opportunity to live in community, as we put the finishing touches on an impressive new residence complex that will enable us to house more undergraduate students on campus than ever before. We look forward to what the future holds for our arts community as work continues on the new Performing Arts Center—a space that reflects the quality of our students, faculty and staff, the caliber of our productions and the talent of our performers and artists.

Our campus is being transformed before our eyes. We have just completed a historic campaign. We have never had more talented students and faculty in our classrooms and labs. Our athletic programs continue to bring national attention to our University. Our faculty are among the brightest minds in their fields, challenging and inspiring students across our academic programs. Our athletic programs continue to bring national attention to our University. Our opportunities to make a greater impact through service across the globe are reaching new thresholds. And yet, the higher we climb, the more firmly rooted we remain in the values that have brought us to this point.

As St. Augustine said, “The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.” Our students and alumni often talk about the transformational journeys they’ve embarked on to become the best version of themselves. Similarly, we as an institution continue to grow and evolve as we become the best Villanova we can be.

We have much to celebrate in this new season at our University, but we have so much more we can accomplish as Villanova continues to bloom.


The Rev. Peter M. Donohue,