College Hosts First President's Dinner
Nearly 200 benefactors and members of the Providence College community gathered in Florida in February for a President’s Dinner that followed the winter meeting of the Board of Trustees.
At the dinner, College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80 detailed the goals of the College’s Strategic Plan, Achieving Excellence. Pursuing Truth. Transforming Lives. Father Shanley introduced a video in which students, faculty, and alumni discussed the plan and their hopes for the College in the future, including changes to the Core Curriculum to enhance academic excellence, the need for new facilities, and the importance of advancing the Catholic and Dominican mission.
The main address, “The Heart of the Matter: Grace, Gratitude, and Humility,” was given by Rev. Joseph J. Guido, O.P., vice president for mission and ministry, who spoke about the ways in which the College’s mission continues to affect the lives of alumni years after graduation.
Leo Wurtzel of Palm Beach., Fla., one of nearly 400 members of the U.S. Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) whose studies at PC were interrupted by World War II in March 1944, was awarded an honorary bachelor’s degree at the dinner. Also recognized was George Fisher ’11Hon. of Palm Beach, Fla., who received his honorary diploma at commencement last May.
“Our aspirations are high; we have all the pieces in place -- a remarkable president, a visionary plan, a commitment to our core and honoring our past,” said master of ceremonies John G. O’Hurley, ’76 & ’06Hon., a College trustee, actor, and TV show host. “The other piece is the resources and philanthropy to make it happen.”
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