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Villanova University School of Law Names James C. Garvey, Ed.D., Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations

Villanova, Pa. – Villanova University School of Law has announced the appointment of James C. Garvey, Ed.D., as Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations.

As a member of the Law School senior management team, Dr. Garvey leads the advancement efforts for the Villanova School of Law. He is responsible for establishing an integrated, overall advancement strategy for the School that optimizes fundraising efforts in order to ensure the achievement of the Law School’s strategic priorities, and continues to build and foster relationships with Villanova Law’s nearly 10,000 alumni. In collaboration with Law School and University leadership, Dr. Garvey is charged with developing advancement policies, strategies and approaches that align with the University’s new Strategic Plan and Advancement initiatives.

“James Garvey is an accomplished advancement professional with a wealth of experience and a proven track record of achievement in development and alumni relations,” said John Gotanda, Dean of the Villanova University School of Law. “We are incredibly fortunate that he is joining the Law School team at this important time as we look to grow even stronger. Jim’s expertise and dedication will undoubtedly lead Villanova Law to new levels of success as we move forward with our strategic vision for the School.”

“I am both pleased and proud to join the Villanova School of Law and to have the opportunity to work with Dean Gotanda and his team, as well as Vice President Mike O'Neill and University Advancement,” Dr. Garvey said. “As Villanova Law looks to the future, I seek to draw on the expertise and enthusiasm of our more than 10,000 successful alumni around the world in the creation and implementation of a new strategic plan. I can think of no better time to join such a proud and historic institution as we move the School to next level of excellence and prominence, and to help turn Dean Gotanda’s vision into reality.”

“I am eager to work with Jim and to further integrate the Law School into the University Advancement team,” said Mike O’Neill, Vice President for University Advancement. “As we move forward with the University’s advancement strategy, it is essential for us to create a strong, unified team in order to make our shared vision a reality. With his impressive history of success, Jim is an exceptional addition to our team. We are all thrilled to welcome him and his family into the Villanova community.”

Dr. Garvey comes to the Villanova Law School with nearly 20 years of experience and success in the advancement field, notably the direction of several campaigns exceeding $100 million. He most recently served as vice president for strategic priorities and advancement for New England College, where he led the institution’s strategic planning process. Dr. Garvey developed and began implementation of a five-year plan to ensure future viability and sustainable growth consistent with the College's mission.

Previously, as vice president for development and alumni relations at Philadelphia University from 2008 to 2010, Dr. Garvey oversaw advancement efforts for the university’s six schools as well as the athletics department and the library. During his tenure, he led a comprehensive and aggressive development and alumni relations program that raised over $9 million annually in support of the University's strategic plan. In addition, Dr. Garvey has held positions as associate dean for development and alumni relations at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine, and as director of development for the William Penn Charter School.

A graduate of Connecticut College, Dr. Garvey received his Doctor of Education from the University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Business Administration from Temple University. He resides in Blue Bell, PA, with his wife, Janine, and three children.

Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. The Villanova School of Law, located on Villanova’s picturesque suburban campus, provides broad-based legal education. Its award-winning clinics and Lawyering Together Program provide free legal aid to those in need. The School is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the American Association of Law Schools. Notable alumni include:  Hon. Edward Rendell (Governor, Pa.), Hon. Marjorie Rendell (Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit), Richard Trumpka (President, AFL-CIO), Joseph T. Sebastianelli (President and CEO, Thomas Jefferson Health Systems), Jeffrey S. Moorad (CEO, San Diego Padres) and Michael Holston (Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Hewlett-Packard Company).