The Torcivia Family Foundation is donating $1 million to Seton Hall University to help fund scholarships and build a new basketball practice facility on the South Orange campus.
Seton Hall Law alumnus Joseph Torcivia announced the donation April 4. He’s been supportive of the university since earning his law degree in 1985.
“For 40 years, the Torcivia family has been supporting Seton Hall University in many ways,” said University President Joseph Nyre. “From partnering with us on capital projects, to Joe’s service on the board, to their consistent philanthropy, they have endorsed our people, our academic programming, and our vision for the future. We are deeply grateful for this latest gift which firmly establishes their legacy at Seton Hall.”
Torcivia and his brother Ben Torcivia run Torcon, the family’s commercial construction management business. Torcon was established by their father Benedict Torcivia as a general contracting firm in 1965 and now serves clients in the eastern U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, with an annual construction volume of over $500 million.
“Seton Hall has been an integral part of my family’s history,” said Torcivia in a prepared statement. “My dad had both personal and business relationships with Seton Hall alumni stretching back generations. When I remember my days at Seton Hall Law, it wasn’t just the outstanding legal training I received. Equally important for me were the people I met along the way, including my colleagues and the clients I had the opportunity to work with while practicing law. Many are still an important part of my life today.”
Seton Hall announced plans last year to build a new men’s basketball practice facility on campus. It’s a goal of the university to sustain a top 25 Men’s Basketball program, which will drive a more robust student experience on and off the University’s campuses.
“As a member of the Board of Regents, I had a chance to travel to other universities where Seton Hall was playing and I saw the tremendous facilities those schools had,” said Torcivia. “Creating a world-class practice facility will be a great recruiting tool for the Pirates. It will support not only the athletics program, but the University in general, because the better the team does on the court the more successful the brand.”
“We’re so thankful to have Joe and Ben behind us on this critical capital project,” said Athletic Director Bryan Felt in a prepared statement. “In the past six years, our men’s basketball has enjoyed tremendous success, and we want to maintain that upward trajectory. Building a dedicated basketball practice facility will go a long way towards achieving that and will include improvements for women’s basketball and other athletics programs, as well. We hope the Torcivia family’s generosity inspires other Pirate fans to join him in investing in our student-athletes.”