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  • Friends of NJCU: Important University Supporters

    Friends of NJCU make up an ever-growing base of committed supporters of higher education in New Jersey. See how our supporters are making a difference. 

    University Supporter Spotlight

    Congressman Frank J. Guarini has again presented New Jersey City University with a significant contribution. The $1 million signature gift, which was announced in June, will provide educational programs and scholarships for generations to come.

    The Congressman’s loyalty and generosity through the decades inspired the renaming of the University’s library in his honor in 2000. Other contributions to NJCU followed, including seed money for the award-winning Student Investment Management (SIM) Group, and the Guarini Award, which is presented annually at Commencement to an outstanding business student. The University (then Jersey City State College) conferred an honorary degree upon him in 1993.

    In announcing the most recent gift, then-President Carlos Hernández thanked Congressman Guarini for his “true generosity and bold investment in the future.”

    “For decades Congressman Guarini has been committed to providing transformative opportunities for NJCU students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college,” said Dr. Hernández. “His love of higher education has enabled students to pursue their dreams and build successful careers.”

    The Congressman has designated that his gift honor the memory of his mother, the late Caroline L. Guarini, as well as his nephew and business partner, Peter G. Mangin, a lawyer and real estate developer in Downtown Jersey City. A portion of Congressman Guarini’s endowed gifts will be matched by a Title V grant which NJCU received from the U.S. Department of Education in 2011.

    A Jersey City native and a graduate of Lincoln High School, Mr. Guarini earned a bachelor of arts degree at Dartmouth College and juris doctor and master of law degrees at New York University School of Law. He also pursued advanced studies at The Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands.

    Congressman Guarini has an outstanding record of public service to Hudson County, the State of New Jersey, and the country. A World War II veteran who saw active combat in the Pacific Theater, he received the Naval Commendation Medal and three Battle Stars. He served as a New Jersey State Senator, 1965-1972, and was elected to seven terms as a congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1979-1993. Since his retirement from Congress, he has been involved in development projects along Jersey City’s waterfront.

    Congressman Guarini was selected as a delegate to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Convention in London and was later nominated by President Bill Clinton, with the consent of the U.S. Senate, to serve as a U.S. Representative to the General Assembly of the United Nations.

    Throughout his remarkable career, he has remained concerned about the quality of higher education and enhanced several programs through his generosity.

    In addition to his work at NJCU, Congressman Guarini has founded institutes and centers at Dartmouth College, New York University’s School of Law, St. Peter’s University, and John Cabot University in Rome. His extensive involvement in civic affairs reaches from local organizations to service on the National Board of Governors of the American Red Cross and as chairman of the National Italian American Foundation.

    The Main Post Office in Downtown Jersey City, just a few blocks from Congressman Guarini’s law office in the waterfront’s financial district, was named in his honor in 2008.