John Carroll University has received a $1 million gift from James M. (“Jim”) and Josie Myers in support of the Forever Carroll Campaign. Mr. Myers is chief executive officer of PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc. The couple’s gift, named in honor of Mr. Myer’s parents, will establish The James W. and Lucille M. Myers Family Endowed Scholarship. Providing scholarships and financial aid are key pillars of the Forever Carroll Campaign, which has now raised $72 million of the $100 million goal.
Jim Myers, who serves on the Board of Directors at John Carroll University, graduated from JCU in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He is a certified public accountant. In 1990, he joined PETCO, where he also serves on the board of directors and has been a key leader in guiding the company as it has grown from a regional player into a specialty retailer of premium pet food, supplies and services, with more than 1,000 stores in 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. From 1980 to 1990, he held various positions at the accounting firm of KPMG LLP, including senior audit manager. Mr. Myers is also a member of the boards of Jack in the Box, Inc., one of the nation’s largest hamburger chains, and the Retail Industry Leaders Association.
A second-generation John Carroll alumnus, Mr. Myers said, “It was an easy decision for us to support John Carroll, based on our belief in the University’s strong foundation in Jesuit education.” He expanded on this personal connection, noting, “Both my father, as well as my brother, Jeff, graduated from John Carroll, and our experiences at the school have had a significant impact on our lives and family. Establishing this scholarship honors our parents, and will help make it possible for future generations of students to attend John Carroll.”