As the sun set on Thursday evening, the College dedicated its new School of Business building, which is named in honor of trustee and alumnus Leo J. Meehan ’75, President and CEO of W. B. Mason—the third-largest office products company in the United States.
Close to 400 members of the Stonehill community attended the event, which included a formal ribbon-cutting, a blessing by President John Denning, C.S.C., student-guided tours of the new building, and music by The Buzz, a classic, high-energy rock band comprised of five alumni.
The three-story Meehan building lies at the center of the campus quad and is designed to enhance the College’s already strong business programs with cutting-edge technologies and adaptive, modern classrooms and collaboration spaces.
Costing $35 million and covering 63,450 square feet, the building is home to 34 faculty members in accounting, finance, international business, management, marketing, economics, and healthcare administration.
“Everything we do at the College is focused on providing our students with rigorous, in-depth, and high-impact learning experiences and the Meehan building enhances our ability to do just that. Now that we have settled into our new home, the energy and enthusiasm for learning I see from the faculty and students who spend their days here is incredible. Our focus is on using the new tools available in the Meehan Building to ensure our students go on to become talented, successful and ethical business leaders,” said Dean of the Meehan School of Business Debra Salvucci.
“With foresight, we are redefining and energizing the very heart of our campus. This is an inflection point in the College’s history, one that augurs well for us moving forward with care and confidence,” added Salvucci.
In 2017, Meehan along his W. B. Mason partners Steven Greene and John Greene pledged $10 million in support of the building that bears his name.
“This gift is a no-brainer. Stonehill is a great school for business, I know, I hire their graduates. They’re very good,” said Meehan.
Over the years, Meehan, W.B. Mason, and Stonehill have developed a deep and lasting relationship. Meehan was the first Stonehill alumnus to work at W.B. Mason. In fact, he was the first college graduate the company ever hired. Today, W. B. Mason employs more than 120 Stonehill alumni.
“Without Leo’s passionate support for Stonehill and his deep generosity towards the College, we would not be blessed with such an outstanding addition to the campus. The generosity of Leo, Steve, John, and the W.B. Mason Company means so much and represents great faith in us. Their gift helps us to make a quantum leap in terms of our ability to be very successful going forward,” said President John Denning, C.S.C.
With the opening the Meehan building and of the Thomas and Donna May School of Arts & Sciences building last year, Stonehill’s main quad is now a dynamic hub of academic, intellectual, and social activity.