John P. Downey

John P. Downey is a past Executive Board Member, and current Alumni member. John has 35 years experience in higher education leadership.  During his role with Giving Hope Network, John helped broaden the scope of GHN by helping tell the story of GHN’s successes, serving as a representative in North Carolina and today in Pennsylvania.

One of John’s passions is to help young people succeed. This passion started at an early age when his parents passed away and he was raised by his grandparents.  His good fortune to have such excellent grandparents kept him and his siblings (two brothers and one sister) from needing to be a recipient of a charity such as Giving Hope Network.

John’s charitable and community service based work has included the Mecklenburg Kiwanis Club in Charlotte, North Carolina in which he has served as president and treasurer, helping raise funds for kids with cancer. He has also served on the South Charlotte Parks & Recreation Commission, Bereavement Ministry with his church, and has been a supporter of Eleos International for over 20 years.

John currently serves as Dean of Students at Widener University, where he works to help students achieve their life goals.  He has his Bachelor’s Degree from Rider University, Master’s from The College of New Jersey, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University.  He lives in Landenberg, PA with his wife Micandra and his three grown children – Damaris, Diandra, and Josh.