Saint Joseph’s University announces receipt of a $50 million gift from distinguished
alumnus James J. Maguire, Class of 1958 and his wife Frances.
Learn more about the Maguires’ commitment—the largest in the history
of Saint Joseph’s University.
A Special Announcement from University President Dr. Mark C. Reed
This extraordinary gift will significantly raise the University’s endowment, supporting scholarships and financial
assistance to students and enabling the expansion of signature academic and mission-centered programs.
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Making an Impact
SJU has bold intentions and a vision to expand our reach and raise our profile regionally and nationally. To do so requires all of us associated with SJU to think and dream big, and to stretch to support our ambitions.
Jim and Frannie Maguire have set the bar high for us all to follow, and I am so grateful to them for their past and present support and the impact they have made on our students, faculty, and campus.
- Dr. Mark C. Reed
About The Maguires
For decades, Jim Maguire and his wife Frances have been leaders who stand out in the Philadelphia region for their generosity and loyalty to many causes. Of particular interest to the Maguires, the Maguire Scholars Program funds more than 1,000 scholarships for students at 24 elementary schools, 35 high schools and 28 universities in the mid-Atlantic region.
During his career, Mr. Maguire revolutionized the insurance industry by offering specialized solutions to the automobile industry. At one time, Mr. Maguire’s business employed 1,600 people in 50 offices. In 2008, the business merged with the Tokio Marine Group, which was considered one of the largest transactions for financial firms in Japanese history.
The Maguires are co-principals of the Maguire Foundation, which provides funding to support education in the arts and humanities, and to alleviate hunger and homelessness. The Maguires are the largest benefactors to the University to-date with a total lifetime giving that now reaches $75 million.
Believe what you
are and become
what you believe.
I have never forgotten that it was at Saint Joseph’s where people first believed in me and I have lived my life—professionally and personally—embracing the values that are the foundation of a Jesuit education. And I am grateful for the opportunity to share that experience with more and more individuals.
The University is in a very strong position and poised for phenomenal success. It is with great confidence and pride that we make this investment in SJU.