JCU Board Chairman Emeritus Frank J. Guarini Featured in The Jersey Journal
The Hon. Frank J. Guarini, former Congressman and Chairman emeritus of the John Cabot University Board of Trustees, was profiled in a recent issue of The Jersey Journal for his continuous support to colleges and public institutions. The Hon. Guarini has always maintained a strong interest in education, which he believes is ‘the key to a successful society.”
The Hon. Guarini is one of John Cabot University’s most generous benefactors. In 2008, JCU officially dedicated the Frank J. Guarini Campus in recognition of his unwavering support of the University since he first joined the Board of Trustees in 1995. In 2018 he donated $2.5 million for the creation of the Frank J. Guarini Business School at John Cabot University. The previous year he donated $3 million, the largest single donation in JCU history. This gift allowed for the renovation of the University’s first property in Rome, the Caroline Critelli Guarini Campus, named after the Hon. Guarini’s mother, and for the development of the new M.A. program in Art History.
In 2005, the Hon. Guarini’s magnanimity allowed the University to establish the Guarini Institute for Public Affairs. Among other things, Hon. Guarini sponsored an arts program at New Jersey City University, which named its library in his honor and donated $10 million to upgrade Saint Peter’s University’s School of Business. He founded centers and institutes at Dartmouth College, New York University School of Law, St. Peter’s University and New Jersey City University.
The Hon. Guarini enrolled in Dartmouth University but switched to Columbia Maritime College when World War II started, graduating as an Ensign, and was assigned to the USS Mt. McKinley, the flagship of the Pacific Fleet. When the war ended, he returned to college, graduated from NYU Law School, and pursued advanced studies at the Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands. After a distinguished career as an attorney, the Hon. Guarini served in the state Senate for eight years, spent 14 years in Congress, and represented the U.S. in the UN General Assembly.
“The only way any nation will succeed is to have well-educated citizens. If you want to do something for your country, invest in education,” the Hon. Guarini told The Jersey Journal.