Mission and Identity

Conaton Learning Commons

At the heart of the James E. Hoff, S.J. Academic Quad is the Michael J. Conaton Learning Commons named for a 1955 graduate, former acting University president, chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1985-2004 and current board member. The naming was at the request of Charles P. Gallagher '60, whose generous gift helped to build the state-of-the-art facility.

Quick Facts

Opened: July 20, 2010
Square Footage: 84,000
Named After: Michael J. Conaton '55, trustee and benefactor

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Additional Notes:

  • The terrace namesake, Adobe co-founder, Dr. Charles Geschke '62, '63, received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, in 2011 for his service to the community and his support of Xavier.
  • Hoff Market is named for Fr. James E. Hoff, S.J., Xavier's President from 1991-2000.
  • Catherine "Kate" Kennedy, the namesake of the Auditorium, was a 1964 Edgecliff graduate, Xavier trustee from 1998-2012, and 2012 Founder's Day Award Recipient.
  • The first gift towards the "To See Great Wonders" capital campaign came from the Marge and Charles Schott Family Foundation for which the two-story CLC Atrium is named.