Suffolk University Announces The Campaign for the College


 BOSTON - Suffolk University announced today a first-ever capital campaign to raise funds devoted solely to the College of Arts and Sciences and its students, while at the same time paying tribute to Dean Michael R. Ronayne for his 30 years of service as an educator and leader.

This spirited fundraising effort will culminate in a festive, victory celebration to honor Dean Ronayne on Thursday, September 19, 2002, at the Copley Plaza Hotel. The formal dinner will commemorate Dean Ronayne's 30 years of extraordinary contributions to the College, which has grown dramatically from its humble beginning 68 years ago. Dean Ronayne has dedicated his life to Suffolk University and is recognized for his passion and commitment to the education of eager young minds and academic excellence.

"Every year the College of Arts and Sciences continues to flourish," said Dean Ronayne, who was a professor of chemistry at Suffolk for several years prior to being promoted to Dean. "Our greatest resource is our faculty, whose allegiance to professionalism and whose experience is a constant source of pride. In my every day communications with administrators and faculty, I constantly bear witness to the sentiment that our students are our first priority."

The goal of the Campaign is to bring today's students even closer to realizing their educational and professional career goals, with increased funding for student scholarships, faculty development, capital improvements, facilities acquisitions and renovations, endowed faculty chairs, and more.

Professor Kenneth S. Greenberg, Chair of the History Department at Suffolk University, and James E. Nelson, Suffolk's highly respected Director of Athletics, have been named Co-Chairs of The Campaign for the College. Both individuals admire Dean Ronayne and plan on guiding the Campaign toward a successful conclusion.

"In recognizing the remarkable 30-year tenure of Dean Michael Ronayne, we justifiably pay tribute to the person who has dedicated his professional career to the advancement of the College of Arts and Sciences as well as the University at large," said Nelson. "As we have witnessed the transformation of Suffolk University throughout the past three decades in wonderful and exciting ways - expansion of our physical plant, creation of residence facilities, international campuses, an increasing number of faculty members with enhanced academic credentials, and an engaging student body eager to embrace learning and life - Dean Ronayne has been a constant and steady teacher and guide. Dean Ronayne deserves to be applauded for helping to build Suffolk University into the increasingly progressive academic institution it is today."

"It is a great pleasure and privilege to serve as Co-Chair of the Campaign to honor Dean Ronayne and his 30 years of service to Suffolk University," said Professor Greenberg. "The Dean's long-term vision and leadership have moved us from a local institution to one of international reach and reputation. It is because of Dean Ronayne that the College of Arts and Sciences retains its commitment to its founding ideals while undergoing unprecedented change and transformation."

The College of Arts and Sciences was founded in 1934, and was one of the first institutions of higher education in New England where a student could earn a Bachelor of Arts degree entirely through evening study. Today, there are 17 academic departments in the College of Arts and Sciences offering more than 50 programs of specialized study, including the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University.

Realizing that globalization affects academia just as it does the rest of the world, Dean Ronayne has supported the development of Suffolk University campuses in Madrid, Spain, and Dakar, Senegal. Closer to home, the University has established successful partnerships with Cape Cod Community College in Barnstable, and Dean College in Franklin.

Suffolk University, located on Boston's historic Beacon Hill, is a comprehensive, global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at an affordable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of 7,078 full-time and part-time students at its College of Arts and Sciences, Sawyer School of Management, and Law School.

For more information about The Campaign for the College, please contact Ray Pasciuto, Director of Development, at 617-573-8514 (phone), 617-573-8711 (fax) or e-mail at

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