RADNOR Celebrating what the American Catholic Historical Society called significant contributions to the church, the community, and the professions, Villanova University president the Rev. Peter M. Donohue was presented Friday with the organization's annual Barry Award.

Named for John Barry, the "Father of the Navy," the award is given to individuals "who have reached positions of eminence in their field," according to the Philadelphia-based society.

Previous winners have included Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in 2000.

Donohue took the helm at Villanova in 2006, becoming the university's 32d president.

Almost immediately, he launched the most ambitious capital campaign in the university's 173-year history. In addition, the native of the Bronx in New York City has guided the creation of Centers of Excellence at Villanova, and boosted the community service role that the university plays. - Caitlin McCabe