Conway Institute

About Ruth and Robert Conway

Picture of Ruth and Robert ConwayXavier University's Institute for Jesuit Education is named in honor of Ruth J. and Robert A. Conway, a 1949 graduate who served as a member of the Board of Trustees for fourteen years, six as the chair of the Jesuit Identity Committee.

Mr. Conway's ties to Xavier ran 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. Being a man for others had always been high among his values; he supported many organizations throughout the region and nation.

"Our students will become the true beneficiaries of Bob and Ruth's vision and generosity," said Xavier’s president, Michael J. Graham, SJ, at the time of the Institute’s founding in 2009, "…we are a better institution because of their contributions and are extremely grateful for their commitment and generosity."

Debra Mooney, Ph.D., Founding Director of the Institute and Vice President for Mission and Identity, added  "The spirit of the Conway family will certainly touch the lives of everyone at Xavier and even beyond through the Institute’s global reach and influence on the network of Jesuit schools, colleges and universities,"

Mr. and Mrs. Conway  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." 

Mr. Conway was a member of the President's Advisory Council and the Alumni Board of Governors. In May of 2009, Xavier presented Mr. 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.

Photo of Ruth and Robert Conway with Father Graham