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Michael A. Ruane ’71 & ’13Hon. to Receive Veritas Medal

Historian David McCullough to Speak at Dedication of Ruane Center for the Humanities

Author and historian David McCullough will deliver the keynote address at the dedication of Providence College’s new signature academic building, the Ruane Center for the Humanities, on Saturday, October 5, beginning at noon. 

The dedication will feature the awarding of the Veritas Medal, the College’s highest honor, to Michael A. Ruane ’71 & ’13Hon., past chairman of the Board of Trustees. A leadership gift from Ruane and his wife, Elizabeth, made construction of the center possible. 

The ceremony will be the highlight of St. Dominic Weekend, an annual event that honors the College’s most loyal and generous benefactors in the St. Dominic Society (annual giving), the Harkins Society (planned giving), and the 1917 Society (lifetime giving).

The 63,000-square-foot Ruane Center opened in September. It is home to the Development of Western Civilization Program (DWC), Liberal Arts Honors Program, English and history departments, and the School of Arts and Sciences office. Built on three levels, it includes lecture halls, seminar rooms, faculty offices, a Great Room lounge, and a coffee shop.

McCullough, who was educated at Yale University, won the Pulitzer Prize for Truman (Simon & Schuster, 1992) and for John Adams (Simon & Schuster, 2001). He was awarded the National Book Award for The Path Between the Seas (Simon & Schuster, 1977), the story of the construction of the Panama Canal, and Mornings on Horseback (Simon & Schuster, 1981), a biography of Teddy Roosevelt.

In 2006, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. He is a familiar voice on public television, where he has hosted Smithsonian World and The American Experience, and narrated documentaries, including Ken Burns’ The Civil War.

Veritas Medal to Ruane

College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80 and John F. Killian ’77, chairman of the PC Board of Trustees, will confer the Veritas Medal on Ruane after an invocation by the Very Rev. Brian M. Mulcahy, O.P., chairman of the Providence College Corporation. Dr. Hugh F. Lena, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Vance G. Morgan, professor of philosophy and director of the DWC Program; and Sean P. Aherne ’14 (Cohasset, Mass.), Student Congress president, also will speak.

Ruane is the owner, chairman, and managing partner of TA Associates Realty, a company he founded in Boston in 1982 that has become one of the largest real estate investment advisory firms in the nation.

Ruane received a bachelor’s degree in economics from PC and an M.B.A. in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a master’s degree in taxation and is a certified public accountant. During commencement in May, he was awarded an honorary doctor of business administration degree from PC.

The Ruanes have been among the College’s most generous benefactors. They have donated to the Ruane Atrium of the Concannon Fitness Center, supported the women’s ice hockey team, and established an endowed chair in the School of Business, the Michael A. Ruane Endowed Chair for Innovation in Business Education. 

A reception will follow McCullough’s address. Building tours will be offered until 4:30 p.m. During forums at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., faculty, alumni, and students will discuss the study of the humanities and its impact on their careers. Also at 2 and 3, guests will have a chance to attend “Western Civ Live” to experience the common academic experience of freshmen and sophomores.

Trolley tours of campus also will be available. St. Dominic Weekend will close with a Mass at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

— Vicki-Ann Downing

 

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