This year’s Founder’s Day Award was given to John B. Maydonovitch, chief executive officer of San Jose-based MCE Inc., at the annual Founders' Day event held at Xavier on Thursday, Sept. 22.
Maydonovitch is a 1970 Xavier graduate and member of the University's Board of Trustees. The annual award honors individuals whose outstanding contributions to Xavier help the University better serve students and society.
The event also celebrated the opening of the new residential and dining complex, the newest building that is part of a major transformation of the Xavier landscape with the construction of the Hoff Academic Quad. View photos of the buildings and the event in this slide show.
Maydonovitch has been involved with Xavier since the mid-1970s. He believes in the Jesuit ideal of giving back to those who help nurture students into young adults. In his case, Xavier 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 careers. For example, his calculus professor encouraged him to pursue computer engineering and attend Silicon Valley-based Santa Clara University, also a Jesuit school, 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 helped inspire the Conaton Learning Commons. Their philanthropy includes gifts to the Legacy Fund, Annual Fund, the 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 of Alzheimer’s disease.
In addition to his financial support of Xavier, Maydonovitch’s time commitment to the University is considerable. He has been a member of Xavier’s Board of Trustees for 10 years, is chair of the Jesuit identity committee and is a pioneering member of the technology committee. He’s also a mentor and 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 Jesuit Catholic values upon which it was founded, Xavier University was honored to present John Maydonovitch with its 2011 Founders’ Day Award.