Stockton dedicates pair of buildings in honor of $8M donor

Stockton University has formally dedicated a pair of buildings in honor of a donor who pledged $8 million to the university in 2019, it announced Friday.

John F. Scarpa, through his foundation, made the gift to assist students and programs at the Atlantic City campus, as well as other initiatives.

Thursday, the university formally dedicated the Atlantic City Academic Center and the Health Sciences building at the main Galloway campus in Scarpa’s honor, as well as presenting him with an honorary doctor of public service degree.

The gift made Scarpa the largest donor in Stockton history, President Harvey Kesselman noted.

“One of our driving goals at Stockton is to educate the next generation of South Jersey leaders,” he said in a prepared statement. “For decades to come, they will have the John F. Scarpa Foundation to thank for providing support to help them along in their educational journeys.”

Scarpa, an entrepreneur in the cable television and cell phone industries in South Jersey, joined his wife, Jana Scarpa, and officials from the university to formally unveil the John F. Scarpa Academic Center sign.

“Let me be clear,” Scarpa said in a statement. “My philanthropy is not about placing my name on walls or a building. It is about challenging Stockton and its students to take my vision and make it work by providing the next generation of students and scholars with the skills sets and innovative mindset that they need to take on the challenges of tomorrow’s world.”