Dedication of Muscarelle Hall Honors Joseph and Sharon Muscarelle for Their Generous Support of Seton Hall University
President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. with Sharon and Joseph L. Muscarelle Jr.
In recognition and gratitude for Sharon and Joseph L. Muscarelle Jr.'s long-standing devotion to Seton Hall University and their commitment to the value of a Catholic education, the University renamed Stafford Hall, one of its earliest buildings, now an impressive state-of-the-art academic building, "Muscarelle Hall" during a special dedication ceremony on June 24, 2021.
"Deeply convinced of Seton Hall's purpose, Sharon and Joe are creating opportunities, places and experiences that would not have existed otherwise. And although they are leading benefactors, they are even better people. Our community of Great Minds — past, present and those who will follow us in the future — are in their debt," said President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D.
Sharon and Joe Muscarelle are champions of education, family and faith. Joe's schooling was "three-quarters Catholic," giving him a deeper appreciation of an education rooted in the Roman Catholic faith. Sharon went to Catholic school throughout her childhood, ending up at Marymount College where she met Joe's sister, who would introduce them. During their marriage of 62 years, Sharon and Joe raised five children who have blessed the world with ten children of their own.
Sharon and Joe were first invited to become involved with Seton Hall through their neighbors, Barbara and Vincent Lewis. Joe already knew Msgr. Robert Sheeran, who served as University president, and Msgr. Joseph Reilly, rector of Immaculate Conception Seminary, through his service on the Board of the Archdiocese of Newark. In recognition of Seton Hall's dual mission of faith and education, the Muscarelle's began to support Seton Hall, eventually becoming one of the University's most generous donors.
Sharon and Joe Muscarelle outside of Muscarelle Hall
"Sharon and I are very much appreciative that the reason for our gift, namely our
faith and family beliefs, which are the very same educational objectives espoused
by Seton Hall, will be memorialized with a physical symbol: the renaming of Stafford
Hall, one of the first buildings on campus, now re-built with flexible space and all
the updated technological advances that fulfill student educational objectives," said
The Muscarelle's visionary support of Catholic education will continue to fulfill the aspirations of countless students now and in the years to come. They established an endowed scholarship to benefit students in financial hardship, named after their dear friend, former Interim President, Mary Meehan, Ph.D., who deepened the Muscarelle's relationship with the University.
Joseph Muscarelle, Jr. worked his way up through his family's Maywood, New Jersey-based development firm, Jos. L. Muscarelle, Inc., from swinging a hammer at age 14, to his current chairmanship. With 90 years of history, the Muscarelle companies have developed, owned and managed many of the finest projects, worth billions of dollars, including hotels, office, industrial and multifamily properties.
In addition to the Muscarelle family's longstanding commitment to the University, Joseph Muscarelle has held numerous leadership and volunteer positions in industry associations, civic organizations, charities, hospitals and businesses.
"Sharon and Joe, so many things have been made possible through your generosity. We hope that the thousands of students, teachers, staff, parents, alumni and visitors who pass by or enter Muscarelle Hall each year will see your name and know the Muscarelle family cares about them and their education," said Jon Paparsenos '99, Vice President for University Advancement.