About Giving Circles
Dear alumni and friends,
I invite you to learn more about the history of the University and many of the talented individuals who have served as president. The President's Club, our annual giving honor society, pays tribute to the vision, accomplishments and foresight of these leaders. I am proud to carry on the tradition of my distinguished predecessors.
A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D.
President's Club members are enrolled in one of eight annual giving circles within the President's Club, each named for a former president of the university:
President's Club Circles
Introductory Levels for Recent GraduatesVincentian Circle
"The Voice of DePaul"
DePaul's third president, McCabe oversaw great expansion and academic innovation, including the establishment of the colleges of music, commerce and law. Underscoring DePaul's Vincentian mission, McCabe began a scholarship fund, which was continued and augmented by the university, making a Catholic university education a reality for thousands.
Like his predecessors, Levan, DePaul's fourth president, believed that expansion was the key to the university's future. Under his leadership, DePaul brought education to the people by establishing the downtown "skyscraper campus" at 64 E. Lake St., Chicago, and opening the Liberal Arts and Sciences Building, now the Levan Center, on the Lincoln Park Campus.
"The Organization Man"
Corcoran, DePaul's fifth president, was the first Chicagoan to lead DePaul. A decisive administrator, he oversaw the standardization of university management methods and policies, as well as the strengthening of academic standards.
O'Connell joined DePaul as a professor of history and classics, subsequently becoming director of Student Activities, vice president, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and finally president. He focused on enhancing student facilities and laying the groundwork for strong community relations in anticipation of the university's 50th anniversary.
"The Long Run"
DePaul's seventh president, O'Malley presided over the an era of great growth with an outgoing and affable manner. The postwar university boomed: Faculty Hall and Alumni Hall were built on the Lincoln Park Campus, and the Lewis Center was donated to the university, replacing 64 E. Lake St., Chicago, as the downtown campus.
"The Big Builder"
DePaul's eighth president, Cortelyou led the university during a period of extraordinary advancement. His legacy is now reflected in the giving society that bears his name. The Cortelyou Heritage Society honors individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to DePaul by making an estate or planned gift to the University.