Malvern Prep Announces $4 Million Gift

  • Middle School
  • Upper School

On Tuesday, November 15, Malvern Preparatory School announced the receipt of a transformational gift being made by current parents, Mr. Brian and Mrs. Barbara Riley P’21’26, in the sum of $4 million. Mr. Riley also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees in the role of Treasurer. The gift will be used to transform Riley Hall (formerly Tolentine Hall). Riley Hall will become the center of Middle School life at Malvern Prep and serve as the primary academic building for the Howley Middle School program which was established in 2022. Construction on Riley Hall is currently underway and expected to be completed in time for the 2023-24 academic year.

“The need for a dedicated space for the W. Nicholas Howley Middle School program was determined recently by a Campus Master Plan evaluation process. Our community is so humbled and grateful for the generous support of the Riley Family. Their charitable gift allows our Middle School faculty and students to have a ‘home’ on campus,” said Mr. Patrick Silup, Head of School.

Built in 1923, Riley Hall was one of the first buildings constructed on Malvern Prep’s Warren Avenue campus after relocating the school from the campus of Villanova University in 1922. The building skirts the main hub of campus life, the Quad, and will soon be connected to Maggitti Pavilion. Maggitti Pavilion will become the center for college counseling, learning support, and administration on Malvern Prep’s campus. Construction for that project will begin in the Fall of 2023.

The Rileys recognize the importance of giving back to a Malvern Community that has been so instrumental in their sons’ lives. “For our family, Malvern is more than a school. Malvern is a brotherhood centered on our shared Faith and guided by Augustinian values of Truth, Unity, and Love. Like so many Malvernians before them, our sons have made friends for life and have been taught to lead meaningful lives grounded in Christ’s teachings. We are so very thankful for what Malvern has done for our sons, their friends, and for thousands of Malvernians and their families, past, present and future,” shared Mr. and Mrs. Riley.

Malvern’s Director of Development, Mike Treston, acknowledges the significant gift this is for Malvern, stating “This gift speaks to the tremendous outcomes of our Middle School program. The Riley Family have experienced first-hand what our Middle School program offers young men and they have seen the effect our faculty and moderators have had on their own sons. We are grateful that they believe so strongly in the mission of Malvern Prep and we hope this gift will inspire others to invest in our school."