“As I said nearly 10 years ago, when I became your president—I don’t aspire for us to be like someone else. I don’t want to be anything but Villanova—and what we can be. We know who we are.
What I want—what we all should want—is simply, and powerfully, to be even better at who we are. If we do that—any comparisons will take care of themselves.
That’s what this campaign is all about. And that’s what I’m all about. Every ounce of my energy will be devoted to helping Villanova to become everything it can be. That’s why this campaign is called the Greater Great. It’s about a place that already is great—becoming greater still. Not in pursuit of others. But in pursuit of the total measure of our mission. We will advance the greater good. By pursuing our own greater great.“
“We seek to raise $600 million. A princely sum indeed. But I know we can do it. I know we need to do it. Let me tell you why I believe we must do this. And why I believe we can do this...
We must do this because, make no mistake, this campaign represents the last missing component in the arsenal of a great national university. Each of us should be rightly proud of the national greatness we have achieved within our means. But just imagine what we could achieve … the capacity to ignite change on a grander scale … if we had more resources.
This campaign will do just that.
I know what it takes for an audacious campaign such as this to succeed. And I'm here to tell you – we have it. Just as our founders did 171 years ago. I know what it takes. And we have what it takes. And we have what no other university has. We have you.”