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President's Report 2019-2020




A Letter from the President

It was an exceptional and unprecedented year for Villanova. The spring, usually a time of fast-paced activity, instead became a time of isolation, uncertainty and unsettling calm on campus.These months of upheaval and anxiety have created challenges but also have provided many opportunities to reflect on and appreciate how special the Villanova community is. 

A Future of Possibility and Promise

In 2019, we launched our new Strategic Plan, Rooted. Restless., which provides the vision and roadmap for the next 10 years at Villanova. While the unique circumstances of 2020 have challenged us in new ways, we are unwavering in our dedication to this plan and in our commitment to remain ROOTED in our Augustinian values and RESTLESS in our desire to ignite change.

We hold fast to our Augustinian Catholic identity while evolving to confront the challenges that face us. We are driven to INNOVATE, to respond to this unique time in history for our campus and our world. We are driven to PURSUE WISDOM, to carry out our mission to achieve knowledge that will advance the common good. And we are driven to UNITE, to better understand each other to form a stronger community.

“We want to ensure that the Villanova experience is more powerful than ever and more accessible and welcoming to all who share our call to ignite change.”
—The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova President

Blue and Purple tipped glass vials in a science lab setting


When the global COVID-19 pandemic upended life in the spring, Villanovans quickly pivoted applying their signature academic prowess and resourcefulness to make innovative contributions.


When Ingenuity Meets Demand

The College of Engineering launches initiatives in response to COVID-19.

Looking upwards in a spiral staircase


Forging ahead as leaders of research and education in the 21st century, Villanova’s academic community persevered through the pandemic to advance knowledge, theory and practice.


Bright Ideas

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences research reaches new heights.

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The Villanova community has committed to improve by listening, learning and coming together in alignment with our Augustinian Catholic values during times of uncertainty.


Committed to Doing Better

Villanova mobilizes its efforts to build a truly inclusive Nova Nation. 

A stone archway looking out to path and courtyard


Our community rallied during this most challenging time, pulling together to ensure that this institution will be here for generations to come. Even in times of volatility, we maintain our values of Veritas, Unitas, Caritas, and they guide all we do


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