Cincinnati, OH -- John B. Maydonovitch, chief executive officer of San Jose-based MCE Inc., is receiving the Xavier University Founders' Day Award for 2011. Maydonovitch, a 1970 Xavier graduate and member of the University's Board of Trustees, will receive the award during a ceremony on campus Thursday, Sept. 22. The annual award honors individuals whose outstanding contributions to Xavier help the University better serve students and society. The event will also celebrate the opening of the Residential and Dining Complex, the latest piece of a major transformation on Xavier’s campus.
Maydonovitch has contributed to Xavier since the mid-1970s. He believes the Jesuit ideal of giving back to others in his obligation, a debt he owes those who helped him shape his successful high-tech career in California's Silicon Valley.
The New Jersey native says it all started with his decision to attend Xavier instead of his family’s traditional alma mater in western New York. He feels blessed to have had mentors throughout his academic and professional career, like his calculus professor at Xavier who encouraged him to pursue computer engineering and attend Silicon Valley-based Santa Clara University for graduate school in the early 1970s.
The timing couldn’t have been better. Maydonovitch got a foothold in the booming high-tech industry, spending 21 years in systems engineering and executive management positions with Hewlett-Packard Co. before following his passion to lead small high-tech companies.
At Xavier, Maydonovitch and his wife, Carol Stanley, funded one of the University's first interactive classrooms, which inspired the Conaton Learning Commons. Their philanthropy includes gifts to the Legacy Fund, Annual Fund, To See Great Wonders Campaign and the All for One Club.
As members of the Father Finn Society, the couple also established the Maydonovitch Family Scholarship for nursing students in honor of the medical professionals who have helped care for Carol since her 2005 diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease. John greatly admires his wife’s caregivers and is always reminded of their devotion during his daily visits with her.
In addition to financial support of Xavier, Maydonovitch’s time commitment to the University is considerable also. He has been a member of Xavier’s Board of Trustees for 10 years, is chair of the Jesuit Identity Committee and a pioneering member of the Technology Committee. Now a mentor himself, he has established college internships at MCE and spearheaded industry and educational programs that help science and technology students.
In recognition of his dedicated service to his community, his longtime support of the University and his commitment to the Catholic, Jesuit values upon which it was founded, Xavier University is honored to present John Maydonovitch with its 2011 Founders’ Day Award.