La Salle News


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.


January 26, 2018

C. Raymond Larkin, Jr., ’70, is the recipient of La Salle University’s 2018 Lasallian Leadership Award, given to an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the corporate, civic, governmental, or religious communities and who shapes quality of life in the Philadelphia region. Larkin has served as Chairman of the Board at Align Technology, Inc. (most well-known for developing Invisalign) since 2006, and was most recently named Chairman of the Board at REVA Medical, Inc. in September 2017.
presidential-shield-newsThe Leadership Award is presented at the University’s annual Charter Dinner, which 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 institution it is today. The 26th Annual Charter Dinner takes place on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center in Blue Bell, Pa.

“I feel truly honored and humbled to receive the Lasallian Leadership Award,” said Larkin. “La Salle University helped to shape my professional and personal life, and I am at a loss for words to describe what this honor means to me.”

“When I first met Ray, I was struck by his love for La Salle and passionate belief in the impact of a La Salle University education,” said President Colleen M. Hanycz. “The Lasallian Leadership Award is one of the highest honors we give in recognition of tremendous support given through time, talent, and treasure. Ray is an excellent choice for this award, as he has demonstrated strong support of our athletics programs, positioning them for continued and future success. We are equally proud of the broad and deep community support that he extends, in the spirit of our Founder, through many volunteer activities.”

Larkin graduated from La Salle University in 1970 with a bachelor of science in Industrial Management. As a student, he was a member of the Men’s Golf Team. After graduation, Larkin went on to serve as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps from 1970 to 1975. Larkin has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, previously serving as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman at Eunoe, Inc. He currently serves as a member of the board of NeuroPace, Inc., and previously served on the Board of Trustees at St. Mary’s College in California. In 2009, he was inducted into the De La Salle Society of La Salle University.

Since its founding, La Salle University has played a leadership role in Philadelphia as both an educational institution and a responsible corporate citizen. Accordingly, the University recognizes those individuals who display outstanding leadership in their communities and embody the principles of excellence and service to society with the Lasallian Leadership Award. Proceeds from the annual Charter Dinner and Leadership Award ceremony are used to enhance the University’s Scholarship Fund.

For event ticket and sponsorship information, please visit lasalle.edu/charterdinner or contact John Prendergast in La Salle’s University Advancement Office at 215.991.1993 or prendergastj1@lasalle.edu.


January 16, 2018

Initiative allows high school students to enroll in choice of college courses

Dr. William Hite and Dr. Colleen Hanycz

The School District of Philadelphia joined La Salle University last week to announce a partnership through which high-achieving high school students will be enrolled in college courses during this spring 2018 semester. They take their first class today, January 16, 2018.

Through the University’s Community Scholars program, students are able to take one of the following courses at La Salle: Introduction to Art, Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Introduction to Macroeconomics, and Introduction to Literature.

“This program will allow our students to have the college experience while still in high school,” said Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia. “It will better prepare more of our students for college and career, helping them seamlessly transition into their chosen fields after high school graduation. Thanks to the skills they acquire through this program, this group of students will be well equipped to succeed.”

Currently the program is open to junior and senior students from Central High School and the Philadelphia High School for Girls. Tuition and textbook costs are covered by the District.

“The Community Scholars program is a partnership between The School District of Philadelphia and La Salle University to provide free, dual-credit coursework to qualifying, local School District students,” said Dr. Colleen Hanycz, President of La Salle University. “Strong communities need educated citizens, and this partnership is one way that La Salle is working to help build these citizens. La Salle is proud to stand hand in hand with our neighbors, and to share in this responsibility of giving local students opportunities to enrich their high school educations.”


December 12, 2017

Robert R. Johnson, Ph.D., President and CEO of The American College of Financial Services, will be the keynote speaker at La Salle University’s 17th annual Economic Outlook forum on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at noon at the Union League of Philadelphia. The 2018 Economic Outlook is presented by Safeguard Scientifics.


“As the author of Invest with the Fed and Strategic Value Investing, I will address investing in an expected rising interest rate environment,” said Johnson. “Based on over 25 years of research, I will demonstrate which asset classes and sectors have prospered and which have languished when rates have risen and when rates have fallen. My goal is to show how to maximize your long-term returns and reduce your risk in alternative interest rate environments.”

Prior to joining The American College of Financial Services, Robert Johnson served as Professor of Finance in Creighton University’s Heider College of Business. From 1996 to 2011, he held a number of senior executive positions at CFA Institute.

He has extensive media experience and has served as an expert source in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Barron’s, Forbes, and other leading publications.  He has appeared on ABC World News, Bloomberg TV, and CNN, among others.

Johnson is the author of multiple books and scholarly articles on portfolio management, asset valuation, wealth management, and monetary policy.  In addition to Invest with the Fed and Strategic Value Investing, he is the co-author of The Tools and Techniques of Investment Planning and Investment Banking for Dummies. His articles have appeared in The Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Banking & Finance, Financial Analysts Journal, and Journal of Portfolio Management, among others.

Johnson is the recipient of the 2013 Alfred C. “Pete” Morley Distinguished Service Award from CFA Institute, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Student Award for Teaching Achievement (Creighton University), and Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award at Creighton for three years. He holds the CFA charter, the CAIA charter, a BSBA degree from University of Nebraska-Omaha, an MBA from Creighton University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

For more information, and to register for the 2018 Economic Outlook, click here.


December 7, 2017

On-campus café fosters entrepreneurial experiences for La Salle undergraduates from all disciplines

La Salle University President Colleen M. Hanycz and Saxbys Founder and CEO Nick Bayer

La Salle University today announced a new partnership with Saxbys, offering a unique opportunity to its undergraduates: In Spring 2018, a Saxbys café will open on campus at Founders’ Hall that will be entirely operated and managed by La Salle University students as part of the Saxbys Experiential Learning Program (ELP).

“Our partnership with Saxbys provides students from any academic major an immersive, experiential learning experience in a real-world business operation,” said Colleen M. Hanycz, President of La Salle University. “Entrepreneurial opportunities like La Salle’s Saxbys café further prepare our students for life after La Salle by helping them master traits like resilience, persistence, and the ability to pivot in unforeseen circumstances—skills that will help them succeed in their professional and personal lives.”

“Our Experiential Learning Program is an opportunity that impacts students, faculty, and the overall campus community,” said Saxbys Founder and CEO Nick Bayer. “Just as President Hanycz and her team have revolutionized the accessibility of a La Salle education via the tuition reset, this is yet another example of La Salle pioneering the future landscape of experiential education.

Every six months, one student will be selected to work as the Café Executive Officer (known as the Student CEO) of La Salle’s Saxbys café. This student follows a curriculum of academic coursework concurrent with their tenure as CEO, and is responsible for making decisions on financial management, team development, community leadership, and the overall operations of the cafe. Student CEOs leading the café will earn a full semester of academic credit via a specially-designed credit schedule tailored by La Salle and Saxbys. Additionally, up to 35 part-time employment opportunities will be available for even more students looking for an on-campus job.

La Salle University is the fourth institution of higher education in Pennsylvania to partner with Saxbys, joining Drexel University, Millersville University, and Temple University.

For more information, visit SaxbysCoffee.com.


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