List of Saint Joseph's University people

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A list of notable alumni, faculty, and benefactors of the Saint Joseph's University.

Notable alumni[edit]

Politics, law, and activism[edit]


  • Michael J. Hagan – Former CEO of NutriSystem, Inc.; Forbes magazine 2006 Entrenpreneur of the Year
  • Andrew von Eschenbach – Acting Chairman of Food and Drug Administration (FDA), former Director of the National Cancer Institute, and Director at BioTime, a biotechnology company
  • Mary Lou Quinlan – Founder and CEO, Just Ask a Woman; author Just Ask a Woman: Cracking the Code of What Women Want and How They Buy
  • Sister Mary Scullion – Co-founder and executive director, Project H.O.M.E.
  • James J. Maguire – Chairman and founder of Philadelphia Consolidated Holding Corporation, assets in excess of $2 billion
  • Brian Duperreault – CEO of Marsh & McLennan Companies
  • John R. Post – Founder and president of Post Precision Castings
  • Denise Viola-Monahan – Senior vice-president, PNC Bank
  • Anthony A. Nichols, Sr. – Chairman emeritus of Brandywine Realty Trust
  • Robert D. Falese, Jr. – President of the Commercial and Investment Bank for Commerce Bank Corp.
  • Paul J. Hondros – Former President and CEO of the Gartmore Group
  • John W. Smithson – CEO of Pennsylvania Manufacturers Corp., Senior Vice President & Interim President of Saint Joseph's University
  • Patrick D. Mahoney – CMO, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers [1]
  • John Bennett – CEO of Devon International Group
  • Francis J. Erbrick – EMS Technologies' Board of Directors
  • Edward F. McCauley – Lead Audit Partner and Advisory Partner for a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies
  • Michael A. MacKenzie – Vice President, PNC Bank
  • Jim C. McGroddy – Senior Vice President and Special Advisor to the Chairman[1]
  • John M. Finlayson – Chairman & CEO of Layered Technologies
  • Daniel J. Hilferty III – President and CEO of the AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies
  • Edward W. Moneypenny – Former CFO 7-Eleven[2]
  • John J. Swanick – Partner at Grant Thornton, LLP; Insurance Practice
  • Dave Debusschere – Chief Financial Officer of the Philadelphia MLS franchise
  • Francis McDonnell – Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Navigators Group
  • David Bishop – Worldwide President of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Thomas Nerney – Chairman, president and chief executive officer of United States Liability Insurance Group



Arts, entertainment, and media[edit]


Science, medicine, and technology[edit]


Saint Joseph's University was technically without a President for a period of months, with Senior Vice President John Smithson serving as interim President of the University. Smithson took on the role when the University's 26th President, Rev. Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., stepped down to assume the Presidency at his alma mater, Creighton University. On January 24, 2011, the Board of Trustees elected Rev. Joseph M. O'Keefe, S.J. as the 27th President of the University, but O'Keefe later had to step down, citing health issues; the University subsequently selected Smithson, a former chair of the Board of Trustees, to serve as Interim President and directed its efforts to a Jesuit-only search. Under Smithson, the University began taking steps to complete its Plan 2020: Gateway to the Future.

On November 10, 2011, the University's Board of Trustees announced that it had selected Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J., Associate Provost of University Centers at Loyola University Chicago, as the 27th President of the University. Gillespie is a member of the University's Class of 1972 and has served as a trustee since 2006. Gillespie is only the second President to also be an alumnus of the University, the first was Rev. Cornelius Gillespie, S.J., who served from 1900-1907 and again from 1908-1909. Gillespie was formally presented at a reception on November 11, 2011, and formally assumed the Presidency on July 1, 2012. Until that time, the University announced that John Smithson will continue his role as interim President.[7]

Gillespie was inaugurated in a ceremony on October 12, 2012, which culminated a week of school-pride and university activities, including salsa dancing, at which Father Gillespie celebrated the beginning of his term as President through movement. Other inauguration week events included a day of community service, an evening of song and prayer, a Mass of Thanksgiving, and a softball game and barbecue for faculty, staff, and students.


  • Phil Martelli – Men's basketball coach
  • Pat Cullinan – Men's lacrosse coach
  • Tom Turner – Men's soccer coach
  • Al Laveson – Men's tennis coach
  • Fritz Hamburg – Men's baseball coach

Board of trustees[8][edit]


Robert D. Falese, '69

Vice Chairs:

Daniel J. Hilferty, '78
President & CEO
Independence Blue Cross

Edward D. Loughlin, '73
Executive Vice President
SEI Investments

Edward W. Moneypenney, '64
CFO (Retired)
7-Eleven, Inc.


Lynn B. McKee, '83
Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Aramark, Inc.


Robert J. Caruso, '91
Managing Partner & President
Select Equity Group, Inc.

Rev. Bruce T. Morrill, S.J.
Edward A. Malloy Professor of Catholic Studies
The Divinity School, Vanderbilt University

A. Bruce Cawley, '67
Millennium 3 Management, Inc.

Maureen A. O'Connor, '86
Civic Volunteer

Gerianne Tringali DiPiano, M.B.A. '92
Chief Executive Officer
FemmePharma Global Healthcare, Inc.

Hon. Dominic F. Pileggi, '79
State Senator
Senate of Pennsylvania

Rev. Albert J. DiJulio, S.J.

John W. Smithson, '68, M.B.A. '82
Interim President
Saint Joseph's University

Marlene S. Dooner, '83
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations
Comcast Corporation

Dennis R. Suplee, Esq., '64
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

Rev. Vincent J. Genovesi, S.J.
Rector of the Jesuit Community
Saint Joseph's University

Sean F Sweeney, M.B.A. '94
President & Chief Marketing Officer
Philadelphia Insurance Companies

Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J., '72
Associate Provost for University Centers
Loyola University Chicago
27th President-elect of Saint Joseph's University

John J. Swanick, CPA, '82, M.B.A. '86
Grant Thornton, LLP

Ambassador David F. Girard-diCarlo, '70
Member & Shareholder
Cozen O’Connor

Rev. John W. Swope, S.J.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

John J. Griffin, Jr., '78
Vice President
J.P. Morgan

Denise Viola-Monahan, '85
Senior Vice Presidnent
PNC Bank, N.A.

William A. Harvey, Esq., '74
Managing Partner
Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP

Dr. Raymond G. Washington, Jr., '91
General Surgeon
Pinehurst Surgical Clinic, P.A

Rev. Gregory A. Kalscheur, S.J.
Assistant Professor of Law
Boston College Law School

Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J.
Marquette University

Michael L. Kempski, '68
Senior Vice President
Beneficial Insurance Services

Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., '76
Loyola University New Orleans

Jamie Maguire, '84
President & CEO
Tokio Marine North America

Christine M. Wiseman, J.D.
Saint Xavier University

Joseph J. McLaughlin, Jr., '81
Chairman & CEO
The Haverford Trust Company

Notable faculty[edit]

George W. Dowdall, PhD - Professor. Responsible for the largest study of college binge drinking

  • Anthony James Joes, Ph.D. – author of Victorious Insurgencies[9] and numerous other works on insurgency and counterinsurgency[10]
  • Dr. Randall Miller – Nationally known as an author, editor, and consultant
  • Dr. Michael Solomon – Professor of marketing and well known marketing scholar. Author of Marketing: Real People, Real Choices
  • Dr. Scott McRobert, Ph.D – Geneticist featured on 60 Minutes for his findings in sleep research[11]
  • Dr. David Allan, Ph.D – Marketing professor with 20 years of experience in radio[12]
  • Joe Lunardi – ESPN bracketologist
  • Dr. Jodi Mindell – Professor of psychology featured in Time magazine[13]
  • Dr. Eileen Grogan – Biologist whose findings have been important to evolutionary science[14]
  • Jeffrey Hyson – Historian and pop-culture expert featured in USA Today[15]
  • Claire Simmers – Author of "Personal Web Usage in the Workplace"[16]
  • Claire Renzetti – Sociologist featured in Newsweek[17]
  • Richard J. George, Ph.D. '63 – Food Marketing professor featured in Business Week as one of the top 19 business professors in the country[18]
  • Dr. John Stanton, Ph.D – Chair and professor of Marketing featured in the Chicago Tribune and Entrepreneur
  • Dr. Richard Fusco – Author of a number of published works
  • Milica Bookman – Author of Economics in Film and Fiction, Medical Tourism in Developing Countries, The Economics of Secession, and other books.


  • James J. Maguire '58 – Donor of $15 million. Maguire Campus is named for him.
  • Maryanne and John R. Post ’60 – Donors of $13.5 million. Post Hall is named for them and the new library will be as well.
  • Brian Duperreault '69 – Donor of $10 million.
  • Michael J. Hagan '85 – Donor of $10 million. Hagan Arena is named for him
  • Bernadette B. and James J. Nealis '69 – Donors of $2.5 million.
  • H.F. Lenfest – Donor of $1 million.