The ceremony was held in the Ryan Concert Hall in the Smith Center for the Arts — a hall also named for the the Ryans, who pledged $1 million for construction of the Smith Center in 2005.
Wearing white hard hats and holding shiny silver shovels with black and white bows on the handles, Arthur F. Ryan ’63 & ’90Hon. and 13 other dignitaries scooped dirt from a row arrayed neatly on a green carpet on the stage. The group included College administrators and benefactors. (The ceremony was moved indoors because of inclement weather.)
Prominent alumnus Arthur F. Ryan and his wife, Patricia, will donate $5 million to create a state-of-the-art home for the Providence College School of Business. With their gift, Dore Hall, a former residence hall, will be renovated as the center of a new structure to be named the Arthur and Patricia Ryan Center for Business Studies.
“This gift represents an investment in the college that has meant so much to me,” said Ryan, the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Prudential Financial, Inc. Ryan earned a mathematics degree from PC in 1963 and was awarded an honorary doctor of business administration degree in 1990.
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