History Endowment



Chris Deucer

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has received its largest-ever gift: a $10 million commitment from Albert Lepage ’69 to institute the Center for History in Public Interest, which will debut in the fall of 2016.  

“Understanding the history and the diversity of the human experience is incredibly powerful” Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., PhD. said. “It helps fuel self-discovery, transformation and growth, which are central to the Villanova academic experience.” I am incredibly grateful to Albert for recognizing this, and for his generous gift that will provide our students with exceptional opportunities to better understand the past in order to improve our future.”

The innovative Center for History in Public Interest will integrate academic programs, research, publications and events in order to better inform and engage the public.  It will also introduce new programs, opportunities and partnerships with local secondary and higher education administrators, allowing all parties to benefit from the Center.  Ultimately, the primary goal of the initiative is to change the way history is taught. 

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to establish such an influential Center at Villanova, and most importantly to share our insights with those in our region and around the world,” Adele Lindenmeyr, Ph.D, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences said. “As a historical scholar myself, I am especially proud that our distinguished History faculty have a new way to expand upon the innovative historical research, teaching and professional collaborations that already occur at the College.”

Lepage, retired co-chairman of Lepage Bakeries Incorporated, is no stranger when it comes to giving back to the University.  Preceding his most recent commitment, the 1969 graduate had established the Albert R. Lepage Endowed Professorship in History.  “My hope is that the good study of history will foster a greater understanding of today relative to yesterday,” Lepage said. “History often repeats itself, and the Center will bring historical perspective to current events.”