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Professional Grounds Management Society Salutes Villanova University for Grounds Management Excellence

The beautiful grounds surrounding St. Thomas of Villanova Church

VILLANOVA, Pa. — The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) has recognized Villanova University with a Grand Award in the Society's 2018 Green Star Awards competition. The award was given to Villanova in the Urban University Grounds category for exceptional grounds maintenance. Winners were honored during the Society’s 2018 Awards Dinner held Oct. 18 in Louisville, Ky.

The Green Star Awards program brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence, complimenting other national landscape award programs that recognize outstanding landscape design and construction. Overall, PGMS presented two Grand Awards, its highest honor, as well as 16 Honor Awards and seven Merit Awards in seven categories of competition. To view a complete list of winners please visit

“We are humbled and honored in receiving this Grand Award from PGMS,” said Jared Rudy, Superintendent of Grounds at Villanova University. “Our Grounds team has worked extremely hard to get the campus to where it is today and helping create an environment that promotes innovation, sustainability and the mission of Villanova. We strive to make every first impression a great one and make Villanova University a little more beautiful every day.”

Villanova’s Grounds Department strives to be a sustainable steward of the University’s 260-acre campus by making it a safe, functional and aesthetically pleasing environment. Its vision is to create a campus environment that preserves the historic beauty of Villanova’s campus; educates the University community about the diversity, environmental benefits and aesthetic qualities of plant materials; provides a sense of direction and purpose in management of the campus landscape; and, generates a lasting impression upon prospective students, parents, alumni and all visitors to Villanova's campus.

About Villanova University: 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. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit

The grounds outside Connelly Center