Stonehill College recently announced a $10 million gift from W.B. Mason and its CEO, alumnus Leo J. Meehan. The gift will go toward the construction of a building for the newly established School of Business, and in recognition of his generosity, the College has named the school for Meehan.
The state-of-the-art $30 million business school will change the face of Stonehill’s campus, offering cutting-edge technology and adaptive, modern classrooms and collaboration spaces. The building’s construction will begin in spring 2018 and it will open for the following academic year.
The Leo J. Meehan School of Business is one part of Stonehill College’s academic reorganization into two distinct schools—the other being a School of Arts & Sciences led by longtime politics professor Peter Ubertaccio. The school will encompass Stonehill’s accounting, finance, international business, management, marketing, economics, and healthcare administration programs, and will be led by accounting professor and current chair of the College’s Department of Business Administration, Debra Salvucci.
“Leo’s thoughtful leadership and advice has meant so much to the College over the years. His and W.B. Mason’s commitment to Stonehill, both through monetary gifts and by hiring hundreds of our alumni, have brought unique, invaluable opportunities for our students and faculty,” said John Denning, C.S.C., President of Stonehill College. “This $10 million contribution is a monumental boost for the College that will elevate our standing regionally and nationally, allowing us to better compete for the best and brightest students and faculty. We cannot thank Leo and W.B. Mason enough for their faith in Stonehill and this substantial investment in our future.”
“Stonehill College is one of the best kept secrets in the country,” said Leo Meehan, CEO of W.B. Mason. “The College’s combination of hands-on learning, caring mentorship, and emphasis on morality, community, and compassion offers an experience that truly prepares graduates for success in the real-world. I know that firsthand, because I eagerly hire Stonehill graduates every year and see them thrive.”
“As an alumnus and community partner, I take great pride in being a part of the Stonehill family,” continued Meehan. “It is a true honor to have the School of Business named after me. I look forward to supporting the school’s launch next fall under the experienced leadership of Professor Salvucci, and plan to support its growth and continued success for years to come.”
“The Leo J. Meehan School of Business brings together programs with already robust foundations and proven records of success—I am excited to guide that transition and lead us forward,” said Debra Salvucci, Dean of the Leo J. Meehan School of Business. “Leo Meehan and our friends at W. B. Mason have given us a transformative gift that offers faculty and students access to world-class technology and modern, adaptive spaces that maximize learning. I will steward their contributions to benefit student outcomes with dedication and am looking forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead.”
About Leo J. Meehan
Meehan has served as the president and chief executive officer of the W.B. Mason Co., Inc. since 1994, overseeing the company's growth into the largest privately held office products dealer in the United States today.
Meehan began his career with the W.B. Mason Company in 1975 as a sales representative and was appointed vice president of marketing in 1979. He became a partner in 1983 and, beginning in 1987, was responsible for day-to-day operations and strategic planning until his appointment as president.
A 1975 Stonehill alumnus, he has been a member of the College’s President’s Council and Board of Trustees for many years. He resides in Cohasset, Massachusetts with his wife, Sara and children Sally and Tucker.
About W.B. Mason
Since 1898, the dedicated people at W.B. Mason have been passionate about bringing their amazingly low prices, superior delivery and outstanding personal service to businesses of all sizes for all of their workplace supply needs. From humble beginnings in a small warehouse in Brockton, MA, W.B. Mason has grown to become the largest, privately owned office products dealer in the United States, with over 70 locations spanning across the country and the fourth largest office products dealer in the world.
About Stonehill College
Stonehill is a selective Catholic college located near Boston on a beautiful 384-acre campus in Easton, Massachusetts. With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, the College engages over 2,500 students in 80+ rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and pre-professional fields. The Stonehill community helps students to develop the knowledge, skills, and character to meet their professional goals and to live lives of purpose and integrity.