The gift will boost the law school's endowment and enhance academic innovation through a series of new initiatives, including the Charles Widger Endowed Scholars Program, which will provide financial support to incoming students with demonstrated leadership qualities who have shown a significant interest in both law and business; the Charles Widger Endowed University Professorship, an interdisciplinary faculty position based in the law school; and the Charles Widger Dean's Innovation Fund, which will support new strategic and academic programs that position the school on the cutting-edge of ever-shifting market conditions. In recognition of the gift, the largest ever to the law school and the second largest in the university's history, the school will be renamed the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, the first named school or college at Villanova.
The founder and executive chair of Brinker Capital, Widger is co-author of the New York Times behavioral finance bestseller Personal Benchmark, chair-emeritus of the Money Management Institute, and a member and past chair of the Villanova University School of Law Board of Consultors, a past chair of the board of trustees of Gettysburg College, and a board member of One Thousand and One Voices, an Africa-focused private equity fund.
"Charles Widger's historic gift recognizes the strength of Villanova's Law School — our faculty, students and our alumni — and the unwavering belief in its future," said the university's president the Rev. Peter M. Donohue. "The gift will propel our law school forward to new heights, and I am pleased and honored that the school will now and forever be connected to the Widger name."