JCU to Honor Stephen J. Squeri, Chairman and CEO of American Express, at New York Gala

John Cabot University will honor Stephen J. Squeri, Chairman and CEO of American Express, during its annual New York Gala on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at the University Club in Manhattan. More than 300 guests from the worlds of business, fashion, academia, and diplomacy are expected to attend the event. The University will give Mr. Squeri its distinguished Frank J. Guarini Award for Leadership in Business, named for the former U.S. Congressman, Chair Emeritus of the JCU Board of Trustees, and a major benefactor of JCU.

Mr. Salvatore Salibello, Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees, stated: “JCU is an institution that uniquely bridges the American and European traditions in academia and enables students from all over the world to experience Italy and to study in Rome under an exceptional faculty. We are delighted to honor U.S. business leader and American of Italian descent, Stephen J. Squeri. Steve is the latest in a long line of distinguished honorees who prize the accomplishments of JCU and lend their presence to our advancement.”

John Cabot University’s 51st year has been marked by several benchmark accomplishments, including the largest student enrollment in its history, the announcement of plans to enlarge the facilities along the Tiber River, and its recent naming as the Top Study Abroad Provider for Academics on the student portal Go Overseas.

Stephen J. Squeri
Stephen J. Squeri

“I’m honored to be receiving this recognition from John Cabot University,” said Mr. Squeri. “As a grandson of Italian and Irish immigrants, my family worked incredibly hard to provide a successful life for their children and instilled in me the importance of education in shaping our futures. Through its mission of providing a high-quality American education in one of the great cultural capitals of the world, JCU students are learning the crucial skills necessary to achieve great success in their professional lives.”

JCU President Franco Pavoncello stated: “Once again, we use this occasion to celebrate achievement and achievers, including our honoree and also the faculty and staff of the University who continue to attract students and earn their great loyalty for the academic standards we hold. As our advancement continues briskly forward, we look ahead optimistically and enthusiastically.”

According to Frank Desiderio, Chairman of the University’s Development Committee and Gala Dinner Chairman, a strong turnout is anticipated: “JCU has friends all over the world, particularly in the greater New York area, many of whom will join our honoree, trustees, faculty, and alumni for our annual dinner and award ceremony. We also look forward to welcoming new friends for what will be a night to remember.”

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