The La Salle University Alumni Association has presented its Signum Fidei Medal to H. Edward Hanway, Chairman of the Faith in the Future Foundation, a joint venture with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to support the region’s Catholic schools.
The Signum Fidei Medal derives its name from the motto of the Brothers of the Christian Schools—“Sign of Faith.” It is given to recognize personal achievements in harmony with the established aims of La Salle University and the objectives of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, and it is awarded annually to a person who has made “most noteworthy contributions to the advancement of humanitarian principles in keeping with the Christian/Judeo tradition.”
“Edward Hanway’s critical role to sustain and enhance the availability of faith-based education to all children embodies the spirit and actions of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the order he founded, the Christian Brothers,” said Beth Harper Briglia, President of La Salle’s Alumni Association. “Because of these and other accomplishments, the La Salle University Alumni Association is proud to present its Signum Fidei Medal to him.”
“I am deeply honored to receive La Salle University’s Signum Fidei Medal, which has such a strong legacy within the community,” Hanway said. “I never accepted the role of Chairman for Faith in the Future to be recognized for it, but, rather, I accepted this role help the Archdiocesan education system, which is so important to so many in our region.”
“When you look at the thousands of proud graduates of La Salle University, you quickly realize that its graduates are often Archdiocese graduates, too. I am pleased to share in this award as it truly recognizes our shared mission—to sustain affordable, Catholic education for generations to come,” he added.
Appointed as Chairman of the Faith in the Future Foundation in 2012 by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Hanway has said the organization’s goal is to “create a model educational system that will shine regionally and inspire nationally.”
The Faith in the Future Foundation directly oversees 17 Archdiocesan high schools and four special education schools and provides support to parish and regional elementary schools. The Foundation also aims to make a Catholic education possible for all families by offering tuition assistance. Under Hanway’s leadership, enrollment in the 14,000-student high school system has stabilized for the first time in a decade, and the high schools are now breaking even financially after a period of running large deficits.
Hanway is also retired Chairman and CEO of the Connecticut General Life Insurance Company (CIGNA).
In his 31-year career with CIGNA, Hanway focused on improving the quality, accessibility, and affordability of health care in the United States. While Chief Executive Officer, Hanway oversaw the transformation of the company from a financial organization to one that focuses on health insurance. He served as Chairman of the Council on Affordable Quality Health Insurance, on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Health Reform, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Health Insurance Plans, where he advocated for greater transparency in the health-care quality and cost information provided to consumers. As an executive, Hanway was known for his concern not only for the success of the business he ran, but also for the health and well-being of its customers and clients.
La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 30 schools in the North Region and among the top 10 Catholic schools in the region.