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University Parent Council Seeks New Members

Council members share common interest in strengthening SHU’s academic mission, reputation

Sacred Heart is inviting students’ parents to join the Parent Council to help strengthen the University’s academic mission and reputation and, in doing so, enhance the student experience overall.

Parent Council members serve as ambassadors for the parent community and facilitate the University’s advancement through philanthropy, engagement and career development.

‌The council meets on campus twice each academic year to learn about University developments that affect students, provide feedback to the administration and participate in broadening and deepening relationships in support of SHU. Parent Council members are expected to make annual leadership gifts of $2,500 to $25,000 to any designation in support of Sacred Heart’s top priorities.

Council activities include:

  • Ambassadorship: Members serve as ambassadors for Sacred Heart among students’ parents and family members.
  • Meetings: Members participate in two meetings during the academic year; one in the fall semester in conjunction with Family Weekend and one in the spring semester.
  • Summer Send-offs: Members may host summer send-off receptions that offer new students and their parents an opportunity to meet current Pioneers in a social setting and welcome them into the SHU Family.
  • Welcome Calls: Members make phone calls to freshman families welcoming them to the SHU Family and answering any questions they may have about the University.
  • Career Development: Members may provide career development and networking opportunities for SHU students and alumni.

Parent Council members also belong to the President’s Leadership Society, which recognizes individuals who make annual leadership gifts to support Sacred Heart. Benefits for parents in the President’s Leadership Society include invitations to join President John Petillo for special and private events, opportunities for VIP seating at commencement and recognition in the annual Donor Honor Roll.

To learn more about the Parent Council, click here. To discuss involvement, please contact Kierran Broatch, director of Development for Parents & Families, at 203-396-8272 or