To Enter the Pantheon of Great Catholic Colleges, Villanova Stretches for $600-Million


Jim McWilliams, Villanova U.

The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, president of Villanova U., was the first male in his Irish immigrant family to go to college (Villanova 1975). A new fund-raising campaign will bring money for scholarships, helping students like him.

Michael J. O'Neill's life might be less stressful today if not for a brief gate delay three years ago on the tarmac at Denver International Airport.

As Villanova University's vice president for university advancement, Mr. O'Neill had just spent a year accompanying President Peter M. Donohue as they unveiled the institution's strategic plan to small groups of influential alumni. In dozens of cities across Europe and the United States, the men were gauging enthusiasm for a