Saint Xavier University is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Life Trustees to its Board of Trustees: John C. McCarthy and John P. Sweeney.
Life Trustee appointments are a way for SXU to connect with and honor former University trustees who have made outstanding contributions to the University, the community, or the nation, or who have distinguished themselves in a field of education uniquely benefitting humanity. Life Trustees hold honorary positions on the Board of Trustees.
McCarthy has been part of the SXU community since his birth. He is the nephew of Sister Mary Huberta McCarthy, R.S.M., who was SXU’s president during the 1950s. He served as a member of The University’s Board of Trustees from 1991 to 2007, and was Chairman of the Board from 1997 to 2003. He and his wife Jane chaired SXU’s President’s Scholarship Ball in 1998. In 2009 two group study rooms in the Robert and Mary Rita Murphy Stump Library were named for McCarthy’s parents and for his grandparents in recognition of his generous gift to the Mercy Challenge fundraising drive.
McCarthy is president and part owner of Continental Air Transport, Inc., and is Chairman of the Board at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center. He holds an M.B.A. from Loyola University. He and Jane have two sons, John and Quin.
Sweeney served as a member of SXU’s Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2006, and was Chairman of the Board from 2003 to 2006. Through a generous gift by the Sweeney family to the Office for University Mission and Heritage during the Mercy Challenge, the Saint Xavier University John P. Sweeney Family Lecture Series was inaugurated in April, 2011.
Sweeney is owner and president of D.E.C. Ventures and is a general partner of many real estate partnerships under the name JPS Interests. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and studied at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He and his wife Barbara have seven grown children. They are active members of Old St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.