SJU Alumni Relations is excited to recognize one of our dedicated alumni each month for their efforts and contributions. This month, we sat down with Rich Brennan ’81 to ask him a few questions about being an alumni volunteer:
Please provide a quick background on your time at SJU (Class year, major, activities/involvement, residence/commuting experience, etc.):
Rich Brennan ‘81 B.S in Management / Marketing
Activities: Bread for the World, Campus Ministry Community Action Program, Class of 1981 Scholarship Pledge Committee, Crimson Key, Elected to Student Budget Committee and University Council, Faith Justice Institute, Hand-in-Hand, Intramural Basketball, Project Appalachia; SJU Student Association Award for Service received at graduation; I commuted to SJU from Yeadon, PA (6 miles from campus).
Where you are now?
I have lived in in Drexel Hill, PA (6 miles from campus) since 1986 (also married same year) with my wife Angie and 2 children, Patrick and Elizabeth. I am employed by Wells Fargo Bank as a Project Manager supporting their International Global Remittance Services business. I am an active parishioner in St. Andrew the Apostle parish as a Lector and Offering Counter and a Board Member in Irish Network Philadelphia. Currently, I am President of the Council of Presidents (past presidents of the National Alumni Association), Chair of the Greater Philadelphia Alumni Chapter, Global Community Day
Site Leader, Captain of the SJU Alumni Dragon Boat Team, Class of 1981 Scholarship Liaison, Hawk Ambassador, Men’s Basketball Season Ticketholder, Shield of Loyola Committee, and Student Mentor. I am a recipient of the Ignatius Award from the Alumni Association for “devoting efforts in the service and promotion of Saint Joseph’s University or has lived a life of “ service for others” consistent with the principles of Saint Ignatius Loyola.“
What inspired you to volunteer with the SJU Alumni Association?
Instruction and learning the Ignatian principles taught in classes and activities moderated by the many Jesuits I had was the key driver. I give credit to all of the Jesuits who I have known and especially the late Rev. Edward Brady, Revs. William Byron, Joseph Feeney, Vincent Genovesi, Joseph Godfrey, Joseph Lombardi, and James Moore. It is because of their leadership and guidance, I wanted to stay engaged to give back my time, talent, and treasure to the University, the alumni, and the students. My employer, Wells Fargo Bank encourages its employees to be involved in the communities in which we live.
What is your favorite part of being an alumnus?
Being able to mentor and be engaged with students and recent graduates and being able network with the students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni. The University, the Office for Advancement, and Alumni Relations provide a wide range of programming and events that allow me to stay connected to all of these groups.
Why do you recommend getting involved to other alumni?
Today’s SJU alumni hold leadership positions in virtually every profession and, together, provide a skilled, diverse, and broad talent pool for an Association committed to providing members with quality programs, services and communications.
Alumni getting involved will provide new ideas and promote the many and varied opportunities to share knowledge, volunteer service, engage in philanthropy…and, of course, to socialize and reminisce. THE HAWK WILL NEVER DIE!
Interested in volunteering with Rich? Learn more with ways to get involved.