J. Anthony Hayden, a La Salle University 1967 alumnus and Trustee, was honored recently by his alma mater with its Leadership Award, given to an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the corporate, civic, governmental, or religious communities that shapes the quality of life in the region.
In presenting the award at the University’s annual Charter Dinner, La Salle President Brother Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., said to Hayden, “Your accomplishments as a business leader, your commitment to your family, your dedication to the Catholic faith, and your generous gift of your time, expertise, and benefaction on behalf of La Salle University and other organizations make me very proud to call you a fellow alum and even prouder to consider you a friend. Thank you very much for all that you have done on behalf of our alma mater.”
In accepting the award, Hayden said, “La Salle has an undeniably important mission to educate our youth, a mission that includes encouraging students to seek wisdom and truth. It is a mission that far exceeds simply imparting knowledge and facts with a chance to thrive not only while at La Salle but well beyond into successful careers that are part of meaningful lives filled with possibility.”
“While La Salle’s early mission was to give Philadelphia Archdiocesan high school kids a place to earn a college degree, today, as we all know, its reach extends far beyond our region,” he added.
The University, Hayden said, “serves an even more lofty purpose. It gives young men and women an opportunity they might not otherwise have—to enroll in and graduate from a truly wonderful Catholic school. It is, we believe, the opportunity of a lifetime. This is the reason many of us have contributed our time to La Salle over the years. We believe in our University’s mission, commitment to its students, and the opportunity it represents.”
“We know that many who attend La Salle don’t, for whatever reason, have the opportunity to go to the Notre Dames, the Georgetowns, or the Harvards. But they can become a La Salle graduate. And that’s a great thing, because we also know that, after four years of a La Salle education, that graduate is more than capable of competing against the graduates of any and all of those other schools,” Hayden added.
Hayden, who graduated from La Salle with a degree in accounting, said one of his professors from that department, Michael DeAngelis, “was a terrific teacher with a great personality.” Several years ago, Hayden received La Salle’s Michael A. DeAngelis Award. It honors individuals for outstanding achievement in the accounting profession.
This year’s Charter Dinner sponsors included presenting sponsorships from William Sasso, Esq., Chairman of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP and trustee of the Leo Niessen Jr. Charitable Foundation; and James and Frances Maguire of The Maguire Foundation. The event’s Honorary Co-Chairs were Patrick O’Connor, Vice Chairman of Cozen O’Connor; Hayden Real Estate Investments LLC; William R. Sautter, President and CEO of Elliott-Lewis Corporation and Chair of La Salle’s Board of Trustees; Dan Hilferty, President and CEO of Independence Blue Cross; Lou Petroni, Partner at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP; and Pierce Keating, Chairman and CEO of the Daniel J. Keating Company.
Hayden is Chairman of Hayden Real Estate Investments and a Principal of MIM-Hayden Real Estate Funds, a $110 million investment fund, as well as the newly formed HaydenMaguire Real Estate Fund, a $150 million investment fund. Both funds specialize in industrial and commercial real estate. He has been active in real estate acquisition, leasing, and brokerage for more than 40 years and has led his own commercial and industrial brokerage firm since 1996.
A licensed real estate broker in Pennsylvania, Hayden is a member of many professional organizations, including the Society of Industrial Realtors, serving as its President in 1982; the Philadelphia Board of Realtors, serving as its President in 1985; the National Association of Realtors; the Urban Land Institute; and the Tri-State Commercial Alliance of Realtors. Hayden’s professional directorships have included his service on the boards of Liberty Property Trust, Telespectrum Worldwide, Founders’ Bank, Pierce Leahy Corporation, and Cushman & Wakefield.
In addition to his professional activities, Hayden has served on the boards of many organizations, including La Salle University, The Gesu School, St. Joseph’s Preparatory School (where he attended high school), and Catholic Charities of Philadelphia.
Last year, Cardinal Sean Brady of the Archdiocese of Armagh, Ireland, named Hayden and his wife, Patricia, “Honorees of 2013” at the 21st Annual National Philadelphia Dinner to benefit St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland.
The Haydens have five children and 12 grandchildren. They reside in Gladwyne, Pa.
The Charter Dinner celebrates the founding of La Salle College on March 20, 1863, and pays tribute to the generations of Christian Brothers, laypersons, and clergy whose dedication has made La Salle University the prominent institution that it is today. Since its inception, the La Salle University Charter Dinner and Leadership Award Ceremony has raised more than $4 million, and proceeds have been used to enhance the University’s Scholarship Fund, benefiting many La Salle students.
This year’s Charter Dinner sponsors included presenting sponsorships from William Sasso, Esq., Chairman of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP and trustee of the Leo Niessen Jr. Charitable Foundation; and James and Frances Maguire of The Maguire Foundation. The event’s Honorary Co-Chairs were Patrick O’Connor, Vice Chairman of Cozen O’Connor; Hayden Real Estate Investments LLC; William R. Sautter, President and CEO of Elliott-Lewis Corporation and Chair of La Salle’s Board of Trustees; Dan Hilferty, President and CEO of Independence Blue Cross; Lou Petroni, Partner at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP; Pierce Keating, Chairman and CEO of the Daniel J. Keating Company. The host sponsors were Bud Hansen, Jr. and Bud Hansen III, and the event was celebrated at Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center in Blue Bell, Pa.