St. Mary's University

St. Mary’s announces $130 million Defining Moment campaign

Largest fundraising effort in University history; 24 donors making gifts of $1M or more

St. Mary’s University has reached a defining moment in its 165-year history of Catholic, Marianist education.

San Antonio’s original institution of higher education announced the Defining Moment Comprehensive Campaign on Friday, Nov. 17, at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel.

With a goal of $130 million, it’s easily the University’s largest-ever campaign, with 24 donors making gifts of $1 million or more. So far, $104,872,000 has been raised.

“In the coming years, we will define the future of St. Mary’s by developing resources to achieve three main goals,” said President Thomas Mengler J.D. “First, we will promote and maintain a culture of excellence among our students, faculty and staff. Second, we’ll foster the formation of faith by deepening our Catholic identity and Marianist spirituality. And finally, we will teach our students the values and skills to become outstanding professionals who are also ethical leaders.”

The campaign’s numerous fundraising objectives are designed to meet the needs of St. Mary’s students and, ultimately, the growing workforce in San Antonio and South Texas. These goals include a new STEM building, a Center for Catholic Studies, a Law Success Program, enhancements to the Greehey School of Business, a performing arts venue, centers devoted to military veterans and international students, and endowments for faculty positions and student scholarships.

Objectives of the Defining Moment campaign

Investments in the future of St. Mary’s University include:

What they’re saying

Alumni Bill Greehey and A.R. “Tony” Sanchez Jr. are campaign honorary co-chairs.

“I am proud to have received my degree from St. Mary’s because in addition to an outstanding education, the Marianist brothers instilled in me the work ethic and dedication that helped me to achieve a successful career,” said Greehey, NuStar Energy chairman and a 1960 St. Mary’s graduate. “But more importantly, they also taught me that you are never truly a success unless you share your success with others.”

Sanchez, executive chairman of the Sanchez Energy Corporation, earned his bachelor’s in Business Administration from St. Mary’s in 1965 and doctor of jurisprudence in 1969.

“I have fond memories of my days as a student at St. Mary’s – first as undergrad business student and later as law student,” Sanchez said. “Both degrees prepared me well for my career in business. And the Marianists taught me the importance of serving others and giving back. What has one achieved if you don’t give back? For this, I am grateful to the Marianists and St. Mary’s.”

“St. Mary’s University has been life-giving and life-changing for generations of students,” Mengler said. “The Defining Moment campaign will build on that, securing our vision to become one of the finest private universities in the Southwest, as well as one of this nation’s leading Catholic universities.”