Building toward our better tomorrow—today
A message from the Office of the President
Eight months have lapsed since I first arrived at La Salle University and, in that time, I have gotten to know so many of you: our dynamic alumni, award-winning faculty, mission-committed staff, high-performing students, and friends of La Salle.
This edition of La Salle Magazine provides you with an opportunity to learn about them, as well.
I was so honored and moved by the Inauguration events of Oct. 27–28, which are featured throughout this edition. Inaugurations are not about the President as an individual; rather, they offer a chance to celebrate the University and our community—remembering our history, while moving purposefully into our future. The tradition of the Inauguration ceremony, Mass, and related events united us in our shared desire for an even better tomorrow for this exceptional University.
The excitement of this fall semester has energized me for what’s to come. The Charter Challenge, launched in honor our 160th anniversary, will raise $10 million to strengthen our academic and campus experience for students. We are starting the Charter Challenge with a lead gift of $3 million from the Christian Brothers and at least $1 million from our Board of Trustees. The University received a $3.5 million grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to apply toward campus reinvestment. Already, we have achieved tremendous success in fundraising. La Salle University’s best days are ahead, as evidenced by the momentum of our achievements in recent months: From launching new programs and achieving top national rankings, to welcoming a class of new students that represents a 13% increase over last year’s class—the first increase since 2018.
“The Charter Challenge, launched in honor our 160th anniversary, will raise $10 million to strengthen our academic and campus experience for students. … I’m calling on every member of our community to embrace this moment in our history and get involved.”
I’m calling on every member of our community to embrace this moment in our history and get involved.
In this edition, you will read about fellow Explorers who have given selflessly to assure a brighter future for our current and future students. You can make a contribution to our vibrant campus, too. Here’s how: Volunteer your time and expertise by speaking with our students. Hire our newest graduates. Attend campus gatherings. Cheer on our student-athletes. Make a gift to support students through the Charter Challenge. Most simply, show your unwavering pride by wearing blue and gold for all to see.
We are stronger—together and by association.
Daniel J. Allen, Ph.D.