Main Quad: This rendering shows how the main quad will be transformed, adding the Academic and Welcome Center [A] and the Meehan School of Business [B]. For perspective, it also highlights Duffy Academic Center [C] and the MacPháidín Library [D].
With the College reorganized into a School of Arts & Sciences and the Leo J. Meehan School of Business, here are 12 things you need to know about this change.
1. TWO SCHOOLS:
Elevating and distinguishing Stonehill from regional peers, the change highlights our 21st century curriculum, which seamlessly integrates liberal arts and professional programs and offers more opportunities for continued growth as both schools coordinate, refine and grow their potential.
2. SCHOOL OF ARTS & SCIENCES:
This School brings together our core disciplines and departments to provide a comprehensive education that prepares students for lives of leadership as critical and creative thinkers in their chosen field. A Stonehill education will continue to rest on a liberal arts foundation. All students, including those in the sciences and business, benefit from a firm grounding in the liberal arts.
3. PETER UBERTACCIO, DEAN OF ARTS & SCIENCES:
A political scientist and frequent media commentator on American politics, Ubertaccio was the director of the Martin Institute for the past decade. Under his guidance, the Institute emerged as a respected center for the study of politics and policy in Massachusetts and for its vibrant public debates, conferences, speakers and presentations. For more on Ubertaccio, see page 12.
4. MEEHAN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS:
Encompassing accounting, finance, international business, economics, healthcare administration, management and marketing, the Meehan School bolsters our already robust business programs through courses that keep students ahead of a rapidly changing economy with an expansive portfolio of internships, externships, study-abroad opportunities and new, additional opportunities for experiential learning and scholarship. Named for Trustee Leo Meehan ’75, the School will emphasize innovative business education integrated with a strong liberal arts foundation and answers a demand from students for careers in business, healthcare and economics and a desire from regional business partners who recruit and hire our students.
5. TRUSTEE LEO MEEHAN:
Fresh from college, Meehan ’75 joined W.B. Mason as a salesperson. Within 20 years, he was president and chief executive officer, and today W.B. Mason is the largest privately held office products dealer in the country.
6. DEBRA SALVUCCI, DEAN OF BUSINESS:
Known for her focus on student success, Salvucci has received the College’s Hegarty Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Society of CPAs. As department chair, she guided Business Administration through the complex, rigorous process for securing initial accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in 2011.
7. ENROLLING AT STONEHILL OR THE SCHOOLS?
Prospective students will apply to Stonehill and not to either school. Students will choose and change their major as they always have. Their membership in the schools will reflect their chosen course of study.
8. NEW COURSES AND FACULY?
Additions include an integrated marketing communications master’s degree program, a health science program and majors in Earth and planetary science as well as astronomy. The College will continue to hire new faculty as part of its commitment to having a strong and innovative academic program.
9. WHY AN ACADEMIC AND WELCOME CENTER?
Located where the Old Student Union used to be, the Center will be the first stop for greeting visitors, especially potential students and their families touring campus for the first time. Dean Ubertaccio will be based in the Center, which will have a lecture hall and performance space, classrooms built for collaboration and with the latest technology, office spaces for faculty, a café and a bookstore.
10. WHY A BUSINESS BUILDING?
Our faculty offer a range of expertise and real-world connections that lead to success in the workplace for our alumni and mentorship that lasts long after graduation. With classrooms and work spaces to match the teaching and learning already underway, the Meehan School—which will be built on the southern end of the main quad, replacing Stanger Hall and expanding into the area west of it—will have cutting-edge digital technologies to equip students with the emerging capacities of social networks, data science and scalable innovation.
Work is well underway on the Academic and Welcome Center, which will open in fall 2018. Work on the Meehan School of Business building begins this spring, and it will be ready for the 2019-20 academic year.
More than $50 million will be invested in the two new buildings.
For more, visit stonehill.edu/twoschools.
Closer Look: The Academic and Welcome Center [top] is expected to be open in fall 2018. The Meehan School of Business [bottom] will be ready for the 2019-20 academic year.