Seton Hall University receives $1 million from the Torvicia Family Foundation
“When I remember my days at Seton Hall Law, it was not just the outstanding legal education I received. The people I met along the way were equally important to me, including my colleagues and clients I have had the opportunity to work with while practicing law,” said Joe Torcivia, Esq. ’85 JD
SOUTH ORANGE, NJ (PRWEB)
April 04, 2022
Seton Hall Law alumnus Joseph A. Torcivia, Esq. announced that the Torcivia Family Foundation is donating $1 million to Seton Hall University to help fund two priorities of the University: endowed scholarships that will support qualified students based on financial need and the construction of a new basketball practice facility on the South Orange campus. Torcivia is a former member of the Board of Regents and has supported the University since graduating from law school in 1985.
“For 40 years, the Torcivia family has supported Seton Hall University in many ways,” said university president Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. “From their partnership with us on capital projects, to Joe’s service on the board, to their ongoing philanthropy, they have endorsed our staff, our academic programming, and our vision for the future. We are deeply grateful for this latest gift which firmly establishes their legacy at Seton Hall.
Torcivia runs the family commercial construction management business, Torcon, with his brother, Ben Torcivia. Torcon was started by their father, Benedict Torcivia, as a general contractor business in 1965 and now serves customers in the eastern United States, Canada and Puerto Rico with an annual build volume of over $500 million.
“Seton Hall is an integral part of my family history,” Torcivia said. “My father had personal and professional relationships with Seton Hall alumni for generations. When I remember my days at Seton Hall Law, it wasn’t just the outstanding legal education I received. Equally important to me were the people I met along the way, including my colleagues and the clients I had the opportunity to work with while practicing law. Many are still an important part of my life today.
Torcivia described her time at Seton Hall as “life-changing” and wants other students to have access to transformational academic experiences as well. “My brother and I learned from our father that we were in a very lucky position,” Torcivia said. “Helping others gain access to higher education is a motivating factor for our donation, regardless of the field of study they pursue. Years ago, we established a scholarship at Seton Hall named in honor of Professor John P. Deehan, a close family friend and exceptional teacher. We are happy to do this on a larger scale now and give more students opportunities they might not otherwise have had.
“At Seton Hall, we are committed to supporting our Catholic mission and helping those most in need gain a valuable college education,” said Senior Vice President of Admissions, Alyssa McCloud, Ph.D. “To support these promising young men and women and help them achieve their dreams, we rely on visionary donors like the Torcivia family. We are grateful for their invaluable support, which will make all the difference in the lives of students for years to come.
Recently, Seton Hall announced plans to build a state-of-the-art men’s basketball practice facility on campus. The University’s goal is to maintain a sustainable top-25 men’s basketball program that will foster a stronger student experience on and off University campuses. Torcivia has been incredibly supportive of Seton Hall’s athletics program over the years and sees the new facility as a game changer for men’s basketball.
“As a member of the Board of Regents, I had the good fortune to travel to other universities where Seton Hall played and saw the wonderful facilities those schools had,” said Torcivia. “Creating a world-class training facility will be a great recruiting tool for the Pirates. the more successful the brand.
“We are so grateful to have Joe and Ben behind us on this critical capital project,” said athletic director Bryan Felt. “Over the past six years, our men’s basketball has been hugely successful and we want to maintain that upward trajectory. The construction of a dedicated basketball training center will go a long way toward achieving this and will also include enhancements for women’s basketball and other athletics programs. We hope the generosity of the Torcivia family will inspire other Pirate fans to join him in investing in our student-athletes.
Having served not only on the University’s Board of Trustees, but on other boards as well, Torcivia knows the importance of leading gifts to major capital projects and hopes her largesse will inspire his former colleagues.
“In my time on the board, I have never been more optimistic about the future of Seton Hall,” Torcivia said. “A big part of that is having Dr Nyre at the helm and an all-star team behind him. They gave me confidence that the University can really reach this next level.
The University invites alumni, relatives, and friends interested in supporting or learning more about Seton Hall’s strategic priorities to contact [email protected]hu.edu, (973) 378-9800.
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