Charles P. Gallagher, a 1960 graduate and the man largely responsible for the development of the new Gallagher Student Center, is being honored with the University's 2002 Founders' Day Award on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Cintas Center banquet rooms.
The Founders' Day Award honors "modern-day founders" whose outstanding contributions to Xavier help the University better serve students and society. The University has celebrated Founders' Day for the last 25 years as a means of honoring the spirit of service upon which the University was established in 1831 and recognizing and thanking those significant supporters who advance the University and its mission.
Gallagher will also help celebrate the official dedication of the Gallagher Student Center at 5:30 p.m. in the center's atrium.
Gallagher grew up in Toledo, Ohio, where he developed a fierce pride for his Irish heritage while learning the value of education, hard work and determination-and the importance of giving back. Each of these characteristics was displayed in his support of Xavier's new student center. Without Charlie, Xavier wouldn't have been able to build the center, which is now a campus showpiece.
Charlie's contributions to the University go well beyond that project, however. Other examples of his contributions include his continuing leadership as a member of Xavier's board of trustees and his support of the Pacesetter program. Through this program, he helps underwrite the education of 40 inner-city students from Toledo each year. As many as 10 of these students annually go on to attend Xavier, also with substantial financial help from Charlie.
"If young people are given the tools and encouragement to rise above adversity and poverty," says Charlie, "they will."
Outside of Xavier, Charlie 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. Professionally, he is the chairman and chief executive officer of Gallagher Enterprises, an equity firm with controlling interest in a diverse group of privately held companies.