The University recognized the contributions and service of 1960 graduate Charles Gallagher yesterday, Sept. 26, when it presented the Denver businessman with Xaviers 2002 Founders Day Award.
Prior to the Founders' Day dinner, Gallagher and his wife, Diane, took part in the dedication of the Charles P. Gallagher Student Center on the Xavier campus. Gallagher matched $9 million in donations to build the $18 million state-of-the-art, four-level center. The new student center opened in April and includes a pub, food court, bookstore, student and administrative offices, and a performing arts center.
In addition to his generosity in supporting the student center, Gallagher also sponsors a scholarship program at Xavier called the Pacesetter Program. Through this program, he helps underwrite the education of 40 inner-city students from his alma maters, St. Martin de Porres and Central Catholic High School in Toledo. As many as 10 of these students annually go on to attend Xavier, also with substantial financial help from Gallagher.
Gallagher has been a member of the Xavier board of trustees since 1994. Outside of Xavier, he contributes to society through his service on numerous boards, including the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Catholic Foundation for the Archdiocese of Denver. He is also vice chairman of the Denver Art Museum.
When you get right down to it, what the Founders Day Award means is that Charlies shoulders have become some of the shoulders upon which the future of Xavier University will be built, said University President Michael Graham, S.J. We are a better institution because of Charlies contributions and we are extremely grateful for his commitment and generosity to Xavier.