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President's Report: Scholarship and Innovation

President's Report: Scholarship and Innovation

Villanova’s exceptional faculty members are the cornerstone of our vibrant academic community. The digital edition of the 2021-2022 President’s Report celebrates the scholarly work of our faculty, with representatives from each of our six schools and colleges. We are fortunate to have many such remarkable and committed professors who call Villanova their academic home.

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  • Winners of Villanova University’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Pitch Day Announced

    VILLANOVA, Pa. (May 23,2023) – Villanova University’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) has announced the winners of its annual Pitch Day held April 20. Pitch Day gives students from across the University’s six schools and colleges the opportunity to showcase their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, while gaining real-world experience in building an idea from the ground up.

  • 25 Villanovans Win Fulbright U.S. Student Grants for 2023-24

    VILLANOVA, PA. (May 17, 2023) – The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board have announced the Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for 2023-24, with 25 Villanova University students and alumni receiving the competitive grant. In addition to the 25 award recipients, 5 other Villanovans were selected as alternates and 15 earned recognition as semi-finalists.

  • Rahul Thapa ‘21 CLAS Named a 2023 Knight-Hennessy Scholar

    Rahul Thapa ’21 CLAS is among 85 students from around the world to be selected as a prestigious Knight-Hennessy Scholar to further his education at Stanford University. Beginning in fall 2023, Thapa will receive full funding to pursue his PhD in Biomedical Informatics at Stanford School of Medicine, and he will join a community cohort of multidisciplinary and multicultural scholars who, in addition to their studies, will receive purposeful leadership development training and experiential learning aimed at empowering them to effect large-scale positive impact on the world.

  • Award-Winning Journalist and NBC News Anchor Lester Holt to Deliver Villanova University’s 2023 Commencement Address

    The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President, announced that award-winning journalist and NBC News anchor Lester Holt will address the Class of 2023 as the University’s commencement speaker. Holt will also receive the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa. The University’s 180th commencement will be held Friday, May 19, at 2:30 p.m., in Villanova Stadium. In the event of severe weather, the ceremony will be held indoors in the Finneran Pavilion.

  • Villanova University Receives $20 Million Gift from Bancel Philanthropies

    Villanova University President, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, today announced a $20 million gift from Bancel Philanthropies to support students enrolled at Villanova as part of the University’s partnership with The Posse Foundation, one of the most prestigious college access, success and youth leadership development programs in the U.S. This transformational gift is the largest to fund scholarships in the history of Villanova and will fully cover the undergraduate education of a total of 50 Posse Scholars over the next five years.


  • Bigger Than Baseball: Villanova Professor Teaching America’s Pastime as Symbol for American Culture

    Bigger Than Baseball: Villanova Professor Teaching America’s Pastime as Symbol for American Culture

    After months of uncertainty and a historic stoppage of play, 14 teams took the field on Major League Baseball’s Opening Day. But before the first pitch was thrown Thursday, Jennifer Joyce, PhD, associate teaching professor, Department of English, met with students from her long-running Baseball, Justice, and the American Dream course. The conversation was hardly about the dozen-plus teams getting back on the diamond.