January 2016

Dear Faculty, Students and Staff:    

I am incredibly pleased to announce that the Villanova University School of Law has received a transformative $25 million gift from Charles Widger, Esq., ’73 VLS, founder and executive chairman of Brinker Capital, as part our Comprehensive Campaign “For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change.

In honor of this historic commitment—the largest ever gift to the Law School and the second largest gift in the University’s history— the School will be named the “Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.” Chuck shares our vision for a law school that is forward-thinking, but remains true to its mission and history. His remarkable gift will continue Villanova Law’s upward momentum and further solidify the Law School as a leader and innovator in legal education.

It is fitting that our Law School—the first named college or school—now carries the name of an individual as dedicated to Villanova as Chuck Widger. An active alumnus, Chuck serves as a member of the Campaign Executive Committee and Chair of the School of Law Campaign Committee. His belief in the goals of this Campaign—cultivating academic innovation, enhancing financial aid and student opportunities, and securing future growth of the endowment—directly informed his gift.

Chuck’s remarkable career—first as a lawyer, then as the founder and CEO of the leading investment firm Brinker Capital—stands as a testament to the success of Villanova alumni. The exceptional achievements of our students, faculty, staff and alumni are propelling our University to new levels of excellence and recognition. The energy on and off campus is infectious with more Villanovans than ever inspired to participate and to give back. To date, the Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change has raised over $500 million toward our $600 million goal.

This is a special moment for the Law School and our entire University. Such generous support signals the strength of the Villanova experience and an unwavering confidence in its future. I am truly grateful to Chuck for his continued belief in our institution and in our community.

Please join me in thanking Chuck for his extraordinary generosity.




Fr. Peter Donohue, OSA