Xavier University's new Institute for Jesuit Education is being named in honor of Ruth J. and Robert A. Conway, a 1949 graduate who has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for fourteen years, six as the chair of the Jesuit Identity Committee.
Conway's ties to Xavier run deep. While a student, he was captain of Musketeer football and president of student council. He attended the Athenaeum of Ohio for five years and then moved on to a successful career that began at the family business, Conway Clutch Co. In 1989, he launched and became chairman of Cincinnati-based Bistro Management, a position he still holds. Being a man for others has always been high among his values. Over the years, he has served on the boards of many organizations.
"Our students will become the true beneficiaries of Bob and Ruth's vision and generosity," says Xavier President Michael J. Graham, S.J. "We are a better institution because of their contributions and are extremely grateful for their commitment and generosity."
"The spirit of the Conway family will certainly touch the lives of everyone at Xavier and even beyond," says Debra Mooney, Ph.D., Assistant to the President for Mission and Identity. "The Institute will have a global reach through its influence on the network of Jesuit schools, colleges and universities."
Ruth Conway joins her husband in her enthusiasm for Xavier. Together, they have supported the University in many ways, from the All for One Club to the landmark exhibit "A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People."
Bob Conway is a past member of the President's Advisory Council and the Alumni Board of Governors. The Conways have been married 51 years and have eight children and 19 grandchildren. In May of 2009, Xavier presented Robert Conway with its Distinguished Alumnus Award in recognition of his commitment to Jesuit values, his personal achievements and his outstanding service to both Xavier and society.