Madden School of Business at Le Moyne to Name its Center for Reflective Leadership in Honor of Don Savage ’51 and Family
Thanks to the generosity of Joe Savage ’84, the Center for Reflective Leadership within the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne will be named for his father Don Savage, a member of the class of 1951, Le Moyne’s inaugural class.
A ribbon cutting to commemorate the official opening of The Donald J. Savage Sr. ’51 & Family Center for Reflective Leadership will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 5 p.m. on the second floor of the Madden School.
“I’m so pleased to be able to honor my father with the naming of this center at Le Moyne, which has played a significant role in my family’s lives,” said Savage, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Victaulic, a worldwide leader in pipe-joining systems based in Easton, Penn. His mother Jacqueline is a 1952 graduate, while numerous other members of the family also attended the College. Last fall, the family’s third generation came to the Heights when Joe Savage’s daughter Emma joined the Class of 2019.
“It is indeed a rare opportunity to honor your family's legacy while simultaneously giving back to your alma mater,” said Jim Joseph ’83, dean of the Madden School of Business. “The naming of the center for the Savage family aligns perfectly with the Jesuit-inspired approach to leadership, which is celebrated for qualities such as self-awareness, ingenuity, boldness, and compassion.”
Shown above, from left, are Dean Jim Joseph and Joe Savage.
The Savage Center for Reflective Leadership houses three initiatives:
• The Global Jesuit Case Series, a partnership with over 200 Jesuit colleges and universities worldwide whose goal is to produce and disseminate business and social policy cases that embody the values of social justice, human dignity, moral leadership, and sustainability while concurrently fostering organizational innovation and profitability.
• The Arrupe Program in Social Ethics for Business, a collaborative venture with theologians and business leaders that offers an opportunity to explore the practical application of business ethics and its impact on ethics-based academic instruction.
• The Madden Lecture Series, which each semester brings engaging and illuminating business professionals to campus to discuss the issues, forces and trends shaping business today, with particular emphasis on the Jesuit tradition and core values.
Don Savage retired in 1991 as a general manager of the United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company, following nearly three decades with the company, and before that worked for Loyalty Group Insurance Company. Prior to his insurance career, he was the 15th pick of the 1951 NBA draft, selected by the Syracuse Nationals, for whom he played in 1951-52 and 1956-57. From 1952-1953, Savage played for the Elmira Colonels of the American Basketball League and from 1953-1955 he was a member of the Marine Corps, playing for their basketball team in the East Coast Service. In 1983, he was the first inductee into Le Moyne’s Gold Wave Hall of Fame and 2013 he was posthumously inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame. He passed away in 2010.
Following the ribbon cutting, Joe Savage will join with Jim Grabowski ’82 and Jim Joseph ’83 to present the Spring 2016 Madden Lecture “Making the Case for Principled Leadership.” During the talk, the three alums will discuss their real-life stories that have inspired the development of cases for the Global Jesuit Case Series. Grabowski is a vice president at AMIDEAST, a non-profit that strengthens mutual understanding between Americans and peoples of the Middle East and North Africa and Joseph is the former CEO of Oneida Ltd., the number one tabletop brand in North America. Though dramatically different in content, the studies all share common attributes associated with the GJCS - ethics, social justice, cultural respect, compassion and moral leadership – that are all rooted in Jesuit values.