University Honors Dean Michael R. Ronayne & Celebrates Successful Fundraising Campaign


The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life. --Plato

BOSTON, September 5, 2002 – Suffolk University will honor the dean of its College of Arts and Sciences and celebrate the successful conclusion of a $1.2 million fund-raising campaign Thursday evening, Sept. 19, at the Copley Plaza Hotel.

Dean Michael R. Ronayne has spent 30 years at the helm of the College of Arts and Sciences, elevating its stature as he led the College along a path of growth and diversification.

Dean Ronayne began teaching chemistry at Suffolk in 1966 and found an excellent faculty but a limited infrastructure. He worked hard to procure laboratory equipment for the Chemistry Department. At the same time, he took an abiding interest in University operations. His interest was noted, and in 1972, at age 34, he became the youngest person to be appointed dean in the University’s history.

His tenure has seen accreditation of a number of departments and programs; major expansion of computer facilities; development of the faculty; the advent of cooperative education; and a significant increase in the number and variety of graduate programs. The College of Arts and Sciences has established affiliations with other institutions of higher education around the world, and Dean Ronayne has supported the University’s decision to establish campuses in Madrid, Spain, and Dakar, Senegal, along with satellite campuses in Eastern Massachusetts.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers an array of undergraduate and graduate programs and a clinical doctoral program in psychology. The course of study is comprehensive and practical, preparing students to live enlightened and fulfilling lives.

The funds raised by the Campaign for the College will support scholarships; faculty development and endowment; and improvements to the College’s facilities.

The Campaign’s co-chairmen are Jim Nelson, the University’s Director of Athletics, and Ken Greenberg, chairman of the History and the Philosophy departments and is associate dean of the college.

The tribute to Dean Michael R. Ronayne will feature performances by Herb Reed and the Platters, Suffolk University's a cappella group and the Majestic Brass Quintet. Majestic Brass will perform a piece written especially for the occasion by Spanish entertainer Emilio Aragon, who also is a student studying history at the College's campuses in Madrid and on Beacon Hill.

For more information, please contact:
Tony Ferullo at 617-573-8448 or Mariellen Norris at 617-573-8450

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