Canisius said construction on the Madden Center is expected to begin in early 2022 and be completed by September 2022.
In addition to the Madden Center, the fundraising campaign also aims to raise money for new baseball fields at the school’s Robert J. Stransky sports complex in West Seneca, a new arts center on the Delaware Avenue campus, and additional funds for scholarships and aid programs.
“I am grateful for having the ability to give back to my alma mater,” Madden said in the release. “The Center for Global Learning will enhance the opportunity for today’s Canisius students to interact with the global community and gain insight into the critical issues of our time.”
A native of South Buffalo and the son of a steelworker, Madden received a scholarship to attend Canisius and also worked as an after school delivery driver to pay his tuition. He then graduated from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and joined a Wall Street securities firm. He rose through the ranks to eventually lead the company’s global investment banking practice before leaving to found BlackEagle.
“I consider myself very fortunate to have a wonderful family, strong personal relationships and good fortune in my business career,” said Madden. “I also think that one of the pillars of my life has been the time I spent at Canisius.”