JERSEY CITY, NJ - New Jersey City University (NJCU) will launch an Institute for International Studies and state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center thanks to the support of former Congressman, philanthropist, and real estate developer Frank Guarini, Dr. Sue Henderson, NJCU’s president announced Wednesday.

The support, Henderson said, came in the form of a $10 million gift, the largest in the University’s history and further cements Guarini’s legacy as a supporter of Hudson County’s students whose various gifts and initiatives through the years has transformed the higher education landscape and expanded opportunities for students to positively impact society.

“For decades Frank Guarini has demonstrated his support of New Jersey City University and now, more than ever, is critical to the continued bright future of our community,” Henderson said, offering her thanks on behalf of all students. “Both of these projects will significantly impact our County to create jobs, provide housing and foster Jersey City’s growth as a world-class city to usher in a new era for our students and communities.”

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While the world-class performing arts center that will bear Guarini's name will include a 25,437 square-foot theatrical showplace which includes a 492-seat theater, complete with orchestra pit and fly stage, a 100-seat recital hall, two large dance studios for both rehearsal and performances with exterior glass walls looking out to a large public plaza, the new Guarini Institute will elevate NJCU to another level.

Designed for the twenty-first century, the Guarini Institute will extend beyond regional and national boundaries and focus on three key areas: research that explores the inter-connections between the global future of work and higher education; preparation of students through abroad experiences and global work opportunities for the global future of work; and creation of international partnerships with institutions of higher education, businesses, and organizations that foster and advance the global nature of work.

“NJCU has been a powerful advocate and important cornerstone of our community for almost 100 years,” Guarini said of his long-term involvement with NJCU, adding his endorsement to Henderson’s efforts that he said has brought “a vision and vitality to this great institution.”

“It has been an honor to witness their transformation under her leadership and I am proud to support these far-reaching, impactful projects.”

Born and raised in Jersey City, Guarini would become a decorated war hero serving with the US Navy in World War II before going on to earn his Undergraduate and Juris Doctor and Master of Law degrees from Dartmouth College and New York University School of Law respectively. Guarini also pursued advanced studies at The Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands before joining the law firm his father established in 1917. A powerful political leader at the local, county, and state level, Guarini would go on to serve in the US House of Representatives from 1979-1993.

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