La Salle News


April 18, 2018

La Salle University Advancement and its Alumni Association announce the inauguration of the Alumni House at Peale House, serving as a welcoming place for alumni to visit, gather, and enjoy special events on campus. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 21, at 12:30 PM.

“I’m delighted that we are completing an on-campus Alumni House at what is currently known as Peale House—one of the most historic buildings on any college campus nationally. This treasure, dating back to 1755, will become the central meeting and gathering place for our alumni, a place where they can reconnect with their classmates, meet current students, and proudly tell and display alumni success stories,” said La Salle University President Colleen M. Hanycz. “Our alumni are a vital and important part of the Explorer community and history. Alumni House at Peale House—the only dedicated alumni building of its kind in Philadelphia— will welcome them back to campus warmly and graciously for generations to come.”

“The Alumni Board had been discussing an alumni house for many years, but ran into challenges with potential locations, the extensive costs of building a structure from scratch, and other logistical challenges,” said AmyLynn Flood, ’95, former President of the Alumni Association. “Peale House is the perfect opportunity for such a facility. It is a historical treasure that La Salle is fortunate enough to have as part of its campus. It has been part of the fabric of this University for decades and we are in a unique position to expand its use and visibility on campus.”

The Peale House stands just south of the Connelly Library on La Salle University’s Historic Belfield campus. Owned by American artist, scientist, and inventor Charles Willson Peale from 1810-1826, the house was then lived in by the Wister Family and their descendants until the University purchased it in 1984. The property was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965, and until the opening of the Alumni House at Peale House, it housed the Office of the President.


April 10, 2018

La Salle University Chief of Staff Joseph Meade has been named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2018 40 Under 40 list. This list recognizes individuals who are proven performers in their respective industries and communities. Meade will be recognized at an event celebrating all the honorees on Thursday, May 10 at SugarHouse Casino.

“Good news comes when you least expect it, but I am truly humbled by the recognition of the Philadelphia Business Journal,” said Meade. “Since my arrival to La Salle University, I have benefited from being surrounded by tremendous colleagues who fully support moving this University forward. I am appreciative in being giving the opportunity to serve in such a significant capacity under the leadership of President Hanycz. Momentum is upon us, and I am thrilled to be a part of the remarkable La Salle community.”

Meade is the Chief of Staff to President Colleen M. Hanycz and Executive Director of Government and Community Affairs at La Salle University. In this very critical role, he manages day-to-day operations including personnel, financial management, and coordination with members of the senior leadership team. He is also a registered lobbyist at the state and local government levels, responsible for advancing opportunities and implementing activities that support public funding goals for the University’s operations and capital expenses.

Before joining La Salle, Meade served as Deputy Secretary of Community Affairs and Development for Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development.  Prior, he was Director of Government and External Affairs for the Philadelphia Museum of Art and for the School District of Philadelphia.  He began his career as the legislative director for the Honorable City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown.

A graduate of La Salle College High School where he ranks as one of the all-time leading basketball scorers, Meade then received his undergraduate degree at West Chester University and Master of Public Policy/Administration from Widener University. He was named one of the most influential people in the Philadelphia region under the age of 40 by the Philadelphia Tribune, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Urban Affairs Coalition, Germantown Special Services District, La Salle College High School-Leadership Council, and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.


March 28, 2018

The Master of Business Administration program at La Salle University’s School of Business has the sixth highest employment rate in the nation, according to a new study from U.S. News and World Report. Among the 127 MBA programs ranked, the employment rate for La Salle graduates three months after graduation is 95.8 percent.

“La Salle’s distinctive educational experience emphasizes the integration of business theory with the deliberate development of highly sought-after skills, including critical and creative thinking, problem solving, respect for diverse perspectives, and adaptability. Our full-time MBA program’s impressive placement for the second year in a row is a direct result of an intentionally-curated approach to business education,” said MarySheila E. McDonald, J.D., Dean, La Salle University School of Business. “When you combine this approach with our powerful employer network—many of whom are La Salle alumni—our student success is not surprising, it’s expected.”

This is the second time that the MBA Program at La Salle University’s School of Business has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for excellence in job placement after graduation. The School of Business has previously been named to The Princeton Review’s Best Business Schools 2017 and 2018, and its Part-Time Hybrid MBA was included in U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 and 2019 editions of Best Graduate Schools. The School of Business is internationally recognized for being accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The AACSB accreditation standards challenge post-secondary educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement throughout their business programs. Fewer than five percent of business schools worldwide have earned this prestigious accreditation.

La Salle University has consistently been recognized for providing a great value to its students, by Money magazine (fifth on the 2016-17 list of “50 Colleges That Add the Most Value”), Forbes (“America’s Best Value College” list), and The Economist (“Top 100 Schools in the U.S. for Value”). The University has received additional value and excellence citations from the Brookings Institute, The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, and The New York Times.


March 6, 2018

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La Salle University announces its second annual Mission and Heritage Month, a celebration of the University’s history, mission in action, and faith traditions. The five weeks of lectures, retreats, liturgical exercises, student immersion trips, and anniversary events intend to capture how the University’s mission is lived across the campus community and beyond.

“Mission and Heritage Month is an opportunity to shine a light on all the good works happening on and off campus, which contribute to the realization of our mission,” said Brother Ernest Miller, FSC, Vice President for Mission, La Salle University. “Throughout this period, we reflect upon and highlight the hallmarks of our Lasallian heritage that inspire our mission as we encourage all members our community, but especially our students, to think and wonder and imagine and to build a good life—a life of meaning and purpose. Our hope is that the University’s new Core Values Statement illumines this notion of wonder, imagination, and a good life with the universal common good always in sight.”

La Salle’s University Ministry and Service sponsors several service trips throughout Mission Month, giving students opportunities to spend Spring Break serving others:

  • El Otro Lado (EOL), El Paso, Texas, March 10-17: An immersion experience in which students travel to the U.S./Mexico border. EOL participants will explore the many issues related to border realities, including: immigration, asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, youth at risk, and the complex cultural dichotomy of the U.S. and Mexico borderland. Representatives from various organizations from both sides of the border, such as Border Patrol and grassroots organizations, host different sessions throughout the week to give participants an overall picture of the borderland.
  • Project Appalachia, Harlan, Kentucky, March 10-17: Now in its 42nd year, La Salle’s Project Appalachia once again partners with COAP (Christian Outreach with Appalachian People). Students who travel to Harlan, Kentucky participate in home development projects for low-income families that are struggling to maintain quality living conditions.
  • Habitat for Humanity, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, March 10-17: Participants work on home rehabilitation, construction projects for families in need, and at Winston-Salem’s ReStore, a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate homelessness in today’s society.
  • St. Vincent, Jamaica, March 10-18: Five La Salle University students partner with St. Vincent Strambi Catholic High School, a fellow Lasallian school, to work directly with teachers to assist them in their classrooms. Students have the opportunity to tutor and serve as mentors.
  • Resettlement Mission, Atlanta, Georgia, March 12-19: Ten students work with International Rescue Committee (IRC), an organization that helps resettle refugees in the United States. This program gives students the opportunity to learn about the refugee process and the many challenges they face. Students assist in adult education (ESL, civics, and life skills classes), the resettlement shop (a thrift store for refugees), and youth education.

Overwhelmingly, students return from service trips with a renewed sense of La Salle’s mission and a newfound desire to fulfill it.

Father Bryan Massingale, professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University

The keynote event for La Salle University’s Mission and Heritage Month is the second annual Pacem in terris Lecture, delivered by Father Bryan Massingale, professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University. On March 20 at 7 PM at the Founders’ Hall Auditorium, Fr. Massingale will address When Order Masks Disorder: The Limits of Dialogue in Catholic Approaches to Racial Justice. This event is free and open to the public.

Bryan Massingale is one of the world’s leading Catholic social ethicists and scholars of African-American theological ethics, racial justice, and liberation theology. His contributions to justice advocacy have been recognized on many occasions. He received the Pope John XXIII Award from the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests in 2017, “for his tireless efforts to create a world where the dignity of each person is respected and protected.”  He received Catholic Charities USA’s “Centennial Gold Medal” in 2012 for leadership and service in the social mission of the Roman Catholic Church.  He received the YWCA’s “Eliminating Racism” award in 2014.  He is the recipient of Project Equality’s “Religious Momentum” Award for his efforts in promoting diversity in the Catholic Church.

For more information on La Salle University’s Mission and Heritage month, and a full calendar of events, visit lasalle.edu/mission-and-heritage/mission-month.


March 2, 2018

Patrick O'Brien

La Salle University has named Patrick O’Brien Associate Dean of its School of Business, effective Monday, February 26, 2018. Throughout his 18-year career in undergraduate business education, O’Brien has worked on enrollment growth with increased quality applicants, working to maintain Association to Advancement Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and Middle States accreditations, and increasing national rankings. O’Brien served as Associate Dean of the Ervian K. Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University since 2002.

“I recruited Patrick O’Brien for this important role because of his many years of experience in AACSB-accredited schools and his commitment to La Salle University’s core mission,” said MarySheila E. McDonald, J.D., Dean, La Salle University School of Business. “We focus on giving our students a transformational business education, and Pat’s authentic passion for ensuring student success is aligned with our Lasallian charism. I am thrilled to have him on board.”

“I am excited to join La Salle University’s School of Business, as we continue to strengthen its nationally-recognized programs,” said O’Brien. “The Lasallian Catholic tradition of educating the whole person—developing each student’s cultural, intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual well-being—helps prepare them to thrive in an ever-changing business world. It is clear to me why La Salle alumni dedicate their time, knowledge, and resources with such passion.”

As Associate Dean of the Haub School of Business, O’Brien managed all AACSB International and Middle States data, the William F. Leahy Advising Center, Cooperative Education Program, and the Academic Computing Services Center; Chaired or served on 14 committees dedicated to the overall growth and improvement of the University; mentored the Business Leadership Council, a student organization that promotes alumni engagements and marketing of business school student activities; advised the Jesuit Business Student Alliance, a national student networking organization for all 26 Jesuit business schools; and served as President for the Jesuit Business Undergraduate Group, also for all 26 Jesuit business schools in the U.S.

Prior to joining Saint Joseph’s University, O’Brien worked as Associate Dean at Widener University’s Business School. He holds a Master of Science in human resource management from Widener University, and a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Loyola University Maryland. Additionally, O’Brien’s father was a graduate of La Salle University’s accounting program, ‘51.


February 19, 2018

Philadelphia Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera (pictured) will speak at the 25th anniversary celebration of La Salle University’s BUSCA program.

For 25 years, La Salle University’s BUSCA program (Bilingual Undergraduate Studies for Collegiate Advancement) has helped Latino and Hispanic students begin their university studies, providing academic and financial advising as well as motivational counseling in Spanish. BUSCA marks this seminal anniversary with a celebration featuring Philadelphia’s 2018-19 Poet Laurate Raquel Salas Rivera on Wednesday, February 21, at 5 PM in the Dunleavy Room of the La Salle Union.

BUSCA allows students to complete their Associate of Arts degree at La Salle in five semesters, offering an inclusive learning community that focuses on the distinctive academic challenges of Spanish-dominant students. Upon graduating with an associate’s degree and 60 fully transferable credits into any bachelor’s degree program at La Salle, BUSCA alumni are equipped to pursue further their education, and become lifelong learners and bilingual leaders in Philadelphia.

“We estimate that over 800 students have graduated from BUSCA in the last 25 years,” said Joanne Woods, director of La Salle University’s BUSCA program. “In each graduating class since I began as director, at least two-thirds of our students have enrolled in a program of study at La Salle to continue their education. Many BUSCA graduates have earned bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and even doctorate degrees. It is a pleasure to see students who otherwise would not be able to attend college because of a gap in their linguistic or financial need not only earn an associate degree, but also use this program as a pathway to a bachelor’s degree.”

BUSCA was named one of the country’s Bright Spots in Hispanic Education by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics in 2015. It was the only higher education program from Pennsylvania included on the list of more than 230 programs that were recognized for investing in key priorities for Hispanics.

Raquel Salas Rivera is the author of Caneca de anhelos turbios (Editora Educación Emergente), oropel/tinsel (Lark Books), and tierra intermitente (Ediciones Alayubia). Currently, Rivera serves as Co-Editor of The Wanderer, and Co-Editor of Puerto Rico en mi corazón, a collection of bilingual broadsides of contemporary Puerto Rican poets.


February 15, 2018


After nearly 20 years in exile, Baba Jallow, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at La Salle University, is finally able to return to his homeland; he has been appointed the Executive Secretary of the Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission (TRRC) of the Republic of The Gambia, effective immediately.

“Thank you to La Salle University for granting me a two-year leave of absence which has enabled me to take up this important national responsibility. From the moment I was invited to come home and consider helping out as Executive Secretary of the TRRC, the History Department, the School of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Provost, and the President’s Office were unconditionally supportive and encouraging,” said Jallow. “In a very real sense, La Salle greatly facilitated my capacity to take up this position.”

As Executive Secretary, Jallow is responsible for the overall administration of the TRRC, among other responsibilities. “It feels good to be able to come back home to help my country establish an accurate historical record of what happened over the past 22 years of dictatorship and to promote national healing and reconciliation. I am grateful for the opportunity.”

“We are tremendously proud of Baba’s appointment. It is a position for which he is uniquely qualified, and one that was his calling to accept,” said Stuart Leibiger, Ph.D., professor and chair of La Salle University’s history department. “A native Gambian, Baba began his career as a journalist. He was forced out of the country for reporting about human rights abuses there. After the recent overthrow of Gambia’s repressive government, he was finally able to visit his homeland after nearly two decades of exile. So, it is no surprise that the people of The Gambia turned to Baba in their quest for justice. When he returns to La Salle in 2020, he will have a wealth of new experiences and material to bring into the classroom and to write about. In the meantime, we will miss him as a friend and colleague.”

One week after the 1994 military coup that brought former President Yahya Jammeh to power, Jallow was hired as assistant editor of the Daily Observer newspaper. He became Editor-in-Chief of that paper in 1997. When, in June 1999, the Daily Observer was purchased by a close associate of the president who signaled his intention to turn the paper into a pro-government mouthpiece, Jallow resigned his position and co-founded The Independent newspaper, where he served as CEO and Editor-in Chief. As editor of both newspapers, he was frequently arrested and detained by the Gambian authorities for writing and publishing editorials and articles critical of the government’s human rights record. In 2000, when the Gambian authorities started questioning Jallow’s nationality and subsequently arrested his parents, he decided to go into exile for his own protection, arriving in the United States later that year. From 2001 to early 2003, he worked as Editor for the Washington, DC-based online media group AllAfrica.com. He later went on to earn a master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in African History from the University of California at Davis.

Adama Barrow became The Gambia’s third president in January 2017, after defeating Jammeh in the December 2016 elections. Jammeh’s refusal to accept the results triggered a constitutional crisis and military intervention by the Economic Community of West African States, resulting in his exile. Following Barrow’s election, Jallow was able to return to The Gambia for the first time in 17 years.


February 9, 2018


For the third consecutive year, the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has named La Salle University to its Transfer Honor Roll, which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities creating dynamic pathways to support transfer students. Open to all regionally-accredited baccalaureate degree-granting institutions, Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll recognizes excellence and success in community college transfer pathway development. The 2018 Honor Roll includes 112 colleges and universities nationwide.

“La Salle is honored to be recognized as a leader in transfer admission,” said Tom Delahunt, Vice President for Enrollment, La Salle University. “We take pride in the knowledge that we hold true to our student centered mission as we serve transfer students from across the region.”

“Increasingly, students of all ages and achievement levels are choosing the community college, not only as their first step, but also their first choice in the pursuit of a quality, affordable bachelor’s degree,” Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner said. “These students are scholars, leaders, and global citizens, and it has been shown over and over that they do as well as students beginning college at a four-year college or university.

To be considered for the Honor Roll, participating institutions complete an application detailing their community college transfer programs. Applications are evaluated in the areas of scholarship and financial aid, admissions outreach, student support services, and student engagement opportunities. Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations. Learn more at ptk.org.


February 8, 2018

Brian McVeigh

La Salle University alum Brian McVeigh, ’95, has been named Chief Executive Officer of KBP Biosciences, a clinical stage biotechnology company dedicated to the research, development, and commercialization of innovative medicines for Cardiovascular, Infectious Disease, Respiratory, Inflammatory, and Autoimmune diseases. KBP, currently based in Jinan, China, also announced that it would establish its global corporate headquarters in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

“The first-class business education I received at La Salle University established an incredibly solid foundation for me as I moved into the business world, and the Catholic and Lasallian values that were conveyed by the faculty and administration were truly enriching and have served me well throughout my career,” said McVeigh. “Equally important for me during my time at La Salle was learning the importance and value of investing in friendships and building and maintaining networks. These interpersonal skills were truly enabled by the close-knit nature of the La Salle community, and I remain in touch with many of my Pi Kap brothers, former classmates, and faculty members.”

“We are extremely proud of Brian McVeigh’s latest success. His progressive leadership trajectory on a global scale is rooted in the first-class education he received as a dual accounting and finance major,” said MarySheila E. McDonald, J.D., Dean, La Salle University’s School of Business. “As an engaged student, Brian embodied the Lasallian zeal by selflessly sharing his skills and knowledge as a leader in our campus’ vibrant Greek life community and as a committed volunteer to improving the lives of disabled children. Brian has chosen to use his intellectual gifts and talents to benefit individuals and industries with a truly transformational impact. I look forward to seeing what he does next, as Brian will no doubt continue to integrate his solid business acumen with his compassionate spirit with innovations on a grand scale.”

McVeigh joined GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals (GSK) as a summer intern in finance following his sophomore year at La Salle.  He continued to work at GSK part-time throughout college and they created a full-time position for him when he graduated. Throughout his 25-year career, he held several positions of increasing responsibility within the global business development, finance, marketing, corporate, and research & development organizations. He was most recently the Vice President of Worldwide Business Development Transactions and Investment Management. In that role he led the assessment, negotiation, and execution of more than two-dozen significant business development transactions, directed a global team that delivered on the execution of over 100 business development transactions, and managed a >$500 million portfolio of equity investments.

McVeigh graduated from La Salle in 1995, earning two Bachelor of Science degrees in accounting and finance. He also holds an MBA with a concentration in finance from Villanova University, a Post-MBA Certificate in Pharmaceutical Marketing from Saint Joseph’s University, and a CPD from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Licensing Executives Society and is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and a Certified Licensing Professional. In 2012, McVeigh was named one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, and in 2015 was included in the PBJ’s list of 10 people who are transforming health care in Philadelphia.

As a La Salle University student, he was a member and two-term Treasurer of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, served as the Treasurer for La Salle’s Inter Fraternity-Sorority Counsel, and spent four years volunteering with PUSH America (People Understanding the Severely Handicapped), assisting in fundraising for children with severe disabilities.


January 30, 2018


La Salle University joins nearly 140 higher education institutions across the United States as a member of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, an organization dedicated to making college a reality for all students through improving the application process. The Coalition provides a centralized platform for high schoolers to develop robust online portfolios as early as the ninth grade; interact with college counselors, teachers, and mentors; and submit applications to their chosen colleges and universities.

“The Coalition’s goals are beautifully aligned with the mission of La Salle University, where we strive to reach a diverse community of learners,” said James Plunkett, Executive Director of Admission, La Salle University. “The Coalition’s cloud-based digital locker enables students to have a full library of supporting materials to share with the colleges of their choosing, giving them confidence in their applications. This early engagement is a game changer in the admissions world, as it creates a college-going culture as early as the freshman year in high school.”

Over its 153-year history, La Salle has continually worked with students and families to make a college education a reality. In 2015-16, over 97% of students received generous financial aid and scholarship funding. For the 2016-17 academic year, La Salle was the only institution in the Philadelphia area to freeze tuition at the prior year’s level. And in 2016, the University announced An Affordable Path for All, a bold initiative that reset tuition from $40,400 to $28,800—a 29% reduction—beginning in the 2017-18 school year.

La Salle University has consistently been recognized for excellence and value. The University was named to the Forbes Top Colleges 2017 ranking, its tenth annual report. The 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” guidebook ranked the La Salle as 34th overall in the North Region; it earned a place on Forbes’s “America’s Best Value College” list; was included in The Economist’s “Top 100 Schools in the U.S. for Value;” and was ranked fifth by Money magazine’s 2016 list of “50 Colleges That Add the Most Value.” Additionally, The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranked La Salle University in the Top 300 in its 2017 and 2018 College Rankings.

La Salle University will be available on the Coalition’s application platform beginning in fall 2018. For more information, visit coalitionforcollegeaccess.org.


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