Remarks by President John J. DeGioia
Honoring the Imprint and Impact of Mr. Hap Fauth: Constructing the Rafik B. Hariri Building and the Future of the McDonough School of Business
April 8, 2010
Thank you for that introduction George [Dean Daly]. And thank you all for coming to this celebration of both this building…and an extraordinary member of the Georgetown family whose vision and sustained engagement helped make the dream of this new building a reality.
Most of all, I’d like to welcome the man we honor this evening, Hap Fauth. Hap has been a faithful alumnus, a dedicated member of the Board of Advisors, and for two six-year terms, a member of our Board of Directors. Throughout his years of service, Hap has been a champion of so many of our most important projects and achievements. His generosity has shaped our campus and left an indelible mark on our community.
Perhaps nothing better demonstrates Hap’s lasting imprint and impact on our campus than the McDonough School of Business’ Rafik Hariri Building.
We had formally opened this building in September, but due to health reasons suffered while engaging in winning one of the great international sailing competitions, Hap was unable to be here. I remember speaking with him that afternoon by phone – saying that of all people who most deserved to be there, no one more than him. So tonight, we are able to celebrate this building again, by celebrating him. Hap, I am honored to be with you tonight.
And tonight, I’m pleased to share with you an announcement that we could not make in September. Just a few weeks ago, this building was awarded a Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the standard we now seek to achieve in the construction of campus buildings.
This certification recognizes the building’s innovative design; its energy-efficient lighting and water-efficient plumbing and landscaping; and its use of recycled materials from local companies.
The silver certification is a tribute to many outstanding efforts including those from:
• Spiros Dimolitsas, our Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer;
• Karen Frank, our VP for Facilities and Student Housing and
• Alan Brangman, our University Architect
As well as Ray Urban, from our architect and designer, Goody Clancy, and those from our builder, Whiting-Turner, including:
• Randall Riesner
• Jonathan Bauer and
• Cecilia Corrigan
This is a recognition of the excellence of Georgetown’s commitment to sustainability. From the fluidized bed coal boiler in 1979 . . . to the solar panels we installed on the Bunn Intercultural Center in 1982…to our fuel cell buses, and now to our biodiesel fleet of buses, Georgetown has long been green. We’ve done so because of a dedication to the principle of sustainability. We honor this commitment tonight and I wish to thank those whose perseverance made this achievement possible.
I will have more to say in honor of Hap following dinner. I’d like to ask our Protestant Chaplain, Reverend Bryant Oskvig will give our dinner invocation. In addition to leading Protestant services and activities here on the Hilltop, Rev. Oskving also serves as a Senior Pastor at Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church. Reverend Oskvig? . . .
. . . I hope you all enjoyed your dinner, and I want to say - again - how happy I am to be with you tonight to honor Hap Fauth. I know many of you have your own stories about how you first came to connect to the project that became this building. I attended my first meeting on the Business School project in 1986. There was never a question of the need for a home that would bring together, from across the campus, all of the pieces that connected to the evolving and growing “School of Business.” It was a challenge of finding the right site and ensuring the necessary funding. Over the course of the next two decades, there were more than a few sites designated and the needs for funding grew.
Throughout these years, while we wrestled with all of the challenges of building such a new home, there was a man who truly recognized the need to address the fundamentals of strengthening our School of Business. As important as a new home could be, there were some things that couldn’t wait: Strengthening the fledging MBA program, expending the faculty and curriculum, ensuring sufficient financial aid – all required immediate attention. Establishing a home for the MBA program in the Car Barn became one such priority.
Piece by piece, step by step, Hap Fauth served to champion the development of our School of Business, first as a member of the Board of Advisors and beginning in 1997 as a member of our Board of Directors.
I began working closely and directly with Hap in the spring of 1998, when Father O’Donovan asked me to take a new role in a new position as Senior Vice President.
Some of you may remember that this was an especially challenging time for Georgetown – the changing economics in health care in the District of Columbia made being a stand-alone Catholic hospital no longer viable and we had to work our way through a turnaround of our Medical Center and the sale of Georgetown Hospital.
Hap was one of a group of exceptional leaders who guided Georgetown through this very difficult period. He served on our Finance Committee – where the responsibility was most acutely felt. The Committee was chaired during these years, successively, by Bill Marriott, Bill Berkely, and in my first years as President, by Hap Fauth. When I think of these years, I think of his extraordinary service to Georgetown, but I also think of the extraordinary personal support – the friendship – that Hap gave to me during those very challenging years.
His commitment to Georgetown is extraordinary, and when I began my service as President, we immediately went to work to realize the vision of what we called “The Mid Campus Project” which included a new Performing Arts Center, a new home for the now named McDonough School of Business, and a new Science Center.
As Chair of our Finance Committee, he developed a financial plan and capital plan that would enable us to realize this vision. Our goal was to complete it within a decade – and we are on track to achieve that goal. This building was a crucial element of that goal.
Hap has been a benefactor and champion of Georgetown in so many respects, since he first stepped through Healy Gates in the early 1960’s, until this very moment.
He has enjoyed an extremely successful business career beyond the Hilltop. After serving Citicorp in New York for almost a decade, Hap moved to the Twin Cities, where he eventually co-founded the investment firm Churchill Equity, where he is Chairman and Director; as well as the industrial holding company Churchill Industries, where he is President and Chief Executive Officer. Hap discovered and created value in areas that others had abandoned, taking real risks and making hard decisions; building steadily and achieving greatly.
He also became a great, competitive sailor. Hap captained our Georgetown sailing team and since then has won, among others, Maine’s Shipyard Cup in his yacht “Whisper.” He and his sailing crew have also won awards for “cool crew” and “best party.”
His Georgetown roommate, Donn Dolce who is on McDonough’s Board of Advisors and will speak a little later in our program noted that Hap’s greatest strength is his ability to focus, whether sailing in the Atlantic or buying a business. He said of Hap, “He’s methodical, hard working, and solid as a rock.”
While building a company – and continuing competitive sailing – Hap has regularly returned here, a steadfast benefactor. In addition to his significant financial support, he’s also been exceptionally generous in more fundamental ways – with his time, his energy and his expertise.
Hap’s generosity extends across our campus and community. He played an important role in our Third Century Campaign, which raised $1 billion for the Hilltop. His generosity has touched the Alumni House, the Sailing Team and the Washington Jesuit Academy.
Hap has also given greatly to our Board of Directors. He was first elected in 1997, and is completing a second, six-year term of service. But Hap’s greatest commitment has been to our business school. He made an early determination to ensure that the school would have a home of its own, and he never wavered in the decades afterward.
Hap’s continuing generosity—his sustained engagement—is just another indication of what is perhaps the most distinctive thing about Georgetown. Both who we are, and how we serve, revolve around the Ignatian quality called magis—meaning greater, better, the more. It is this hunger and thirst for being more and serving more that impels our action and inspires our vision.
It prompts a restlessness to use our communal talents, energies, and opportunities to undertake in our lifetimes the task that God has given us.
This is what we are called, as women and men of Georgetown, to be and to do. And that’s what we are truly celebrating tonight, the Ignatian ideal of magis exemplified in the life and spirit of Hap Fauth.
Hap, your hero, Winston Churchill once observed, “We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.” You have done so for Georgetown. Through your commitment and generosity, you have shaped our buildings and our Board. And because of you, we are still growing and aspiring; we are still reaching for more.
So Hap, thank you. Thank you for your tireless service and your generosity of spirit. Thank you for your friendship. Thank you for building and shaping our campus, and for leaving a lasting and truly memorable mark on our community.
Now, I would like to introduce another extraordinary member of the Georgetown family, Bob Steers. Bob is a member of the Business School class of 75’ and he and his wife Lauren are proud parents of three Hoyas. He also helped guide our efforts to build the Hariri Building and the McDonough School of Business. Bob is the current Chairman of the McDonough Board of Advisors and a member of our Board of Directors. Bob, would you please come to the podium and share a few words?