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Villanova University Endowment Fund

Name: Villanova University

Assets Under Management: $401.5 Million (Source: Villanova University on 5/31/2014)

Annual Report: Villanova University and Subsidiaries and Subsidiaries Financial Statements May 31, 2014

Portfolio Insights: “Villanova University and Subsidiaries (the “University”) is an independent, coeducational institution offering undergraduate and graduate instruction, located in Radnor Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The campus presently covers approximately 270 acres and comprises 77 buildings. The University also has a Conference Center approximately one-half mile from the campus which encompasses 33 acres. The University has approximately 10,500 students, of whom approximately 6,300 are full-time undergraduates. Refer to Note 16 for a description of the
University’s subsidiaries.

The University utilizes the provisions of the fair value measurements standard, which defines the term “fair value,” establishes a framework for measuring it within generally accepted accounting principles, and expands disclosure about fair value measurements.” (Source)

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Top Villanova University Endowment Fund Headlines:

1) Jan 15, 2013 – Villanova University announced that its Board of Trustees has elected Catherine M. Keating, Head of Investment Management Americas at J.P. Morgan, as its chairperson. Keating succeeds Terence M. O’Toole, who served as chair of the Board of Trustees since 2011.

“Catherine brings tremendous knowledge and experience to the role of chair of the Board of Trustees,” said the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President. “She has been a very active, engaged member of the Board, and her comprehensive knowledge of both the opportunities and key issues facing the institution will be a great asset in her new role. I look forward to working closely with Catherine to create an exciting future for Villanova University.”

The University also announced the election of Paul A. Tufano, Esq., Executive Vice President, General Counsel and President of Government Markets of Independence Blue Cross, as vice chair of the Board of Trustees. Additionally, four new members were elected to the Board of Trustees. (Source)

2) May 13, 2014 – Villanova University has received a $2.5 million commitment from College of Engineering alumnus John “Jack” G. Drosdick ’65 – retired chief executive officer and president of Sunoco, Inc. – as part of the University’s $600 million Comprehensive Capital Campaign, “For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change.” Designated for the College of Engineering, Drosdick’s gift will fund a new Engineering Innovation Lab in the Center for Engineering Education and Research (CEER).

“The Engineering education I received at Villanova had a tremendous effect on my life and professional career,” said Jack Drosdick. “With this gift, I wanted to add to the impressive education that students are receiving at Villanova’s College of Engineering. It is my hope that the hands-on work students do in this lab will greatly influence their future careers and impact as engineers.” (Source)

3) Jan 27, 2014 – Villanova University has announced the election of two new members to its Board of Trustees.  Robert F. Moran, retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PetSmart, Inc., and Thomas A. Wagner, III, Founding Partner and Managing Member of Knighthead Capital Management, joined the University’s 34-member Board, effective Jan. 1.

“We are delighted to welcome these two distinguished business leaders to our Board of Trustees,” said the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President. “Their acumen and experience will be a valuable addition as the Board works to chart the future direction of the University.”

Robert F. Moran, ’72 Villanova School of Business (VSB), retired in 2013 from his position as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PetSmart, Inc., the largest specialty retailer of pet food and supplies in the U.S., with more than 1,200 stores in the U.S. and Canada. Moran joined PetSmart in 1999 as President of North American stores.  In 2001, he was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer, and in 2009, was named President and Chief Executive Officer.  Moran was appointed Chairman of the Board in January 2012, retaining the title of Chief Executive Officer. (Source)

4) The Villanova Athletic Fund is committed to raising funds to support Villanova Athletics and individual programs in achieving their visions and associated long-term goals. Endowment funding is a critical goal of the VAF to provide a sustainable and ever-increasing funding base for Villanova Athletics. Philanthropic giving for endowment purposes enables funding to be created in perpetuity, and provides legacy and naming opportunities for donors. (Source)

5) On October 15, 2014, you can begin investing in the Villanova University Retirement Savings Plan’s revised investment options. These revised choices, which include both TIAA-CREF and Vanguard options, offer you the flexibility to create a retirement portfolio that’s aligned with your investment preferences and goals. (Source)

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