Jim Higgins, retired full-time Assistant Professor of Accounting and current part-time instructor in Finance and Accounting for the School of Business Administration, will be awarded the Gesu Spirit Medal from the Gesu School during their annual gala on May 11, 2017.
“My first thought was of the Jesuit Priests and Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters who had a significant effect on my life, as well as my family,” said Higgins. “The surprise was being chosen from among so many worthy associates. I am extremely happy for the recognition given by a school the Archdiocese wanted to close in 1993. Our students today are being admitted to the best high schools in the area."
The Gesu Spirit Medal honors individuals who have shown extraordinary commitment to Gesu School through their loyal advocacy and actions, and who have made a significant contribution to Gesu School’s success as a model inner-city elementary school.
Higgins has been involved with Gesu School for more than 70 years. He graduated from Gesu in 1945, later moving on to Saint Joseph’s Prep and Saint Joseph’s University, where he received his accounting degree. Higgins became the school board's first treasurer in 1993. He is still an active member of the board today.
“Jim is a tremendous asset to not only our University but also the students,” said Barry Dickinson, Dean of the School of Business Administration. “His teaching style is very empathetic and the students love him. He often spends time with students after class to assist them and is always willing to help out when we need someone to fill in at the last moment. He is well deserving of this award.”