A historic celebration at a time of great momentum

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun and the Board of Trustees have invited stu­dents, fac­ulty, staff, alumni and friends to the offi­cial naming of the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness on Friday at noon.

Mem­bers of the North­eastern com­mu­nity who are unable to attend the cel­e­bra­tion may watch a live video of the fes­tiv­i­ties on the university’s web­site. The cel­e­bra­tion will be fol­lowed by a slate of events throughout the after­noon, including a recep­tion, a ple­nary panel and a series of fac­ulty presentations.

The naming cer­e­mony will fea­ture remarks by Richard D’Amore, BA’76, and Alan McKim, MBA’88, two proud North­eastern alumni who have joined forces to make the largest phil­an­thropic invest­ment in the university’s his­tory. As a result of their com­bined $60 mil­lion gift, Northeastern’s Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion will be renamed in their honor.

“Rich and Alan are role models and their con­tinued com­mit­ment to North­eastern inspires us all,” said Joseph E. Aoun, pres­i­dent of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. “Their invest­ment will impact the future of this uni­ver­sity for gen­er­a­tions to come and we are proud to cel­e­brate their leadership.”

D’Amore is a co-​​founder and gen­eral partner at North Bridge Ven­ture Part­ners, a ven­ture cap­ital firm based in Waltham, Mass. McKim is the founder and CEO of Clean Har­bors, the nation’s leading provider of envi­ron­mental, energy and indus­trial services.

Their record-​​breaking gift will have a pro­found impact across every dimen­sion of busi­ness edu­ca­tion and research in the School of Busi­ness, which has been cited for the excel­lence of its pro­grams in expe­ri­en­tial learning and entre­pre­neur­ship. The school com­prises 136 world-​​class fac­ulty mem­bers, 3,347 under­grad­uate stu­dents and a net­work of more than 45,000 alumni.

Fol­lowing the naming cer­e­mony, mem­bers of the North­eastern com­mu­nity may attend a recep­tion and stu­dent show­case in the indoor quad at the Curry Stu­dent Center. The event will give guests a chance to speak with School of Busi­ness stu­dents about their global expe­ri­ences in the Bach­elor of Sci­ence in Inter­na­tional Busi­ness pro­gram and try food from some of the coun­tries where they have studied.

A ple­nary panel dis­cus­sion about the future of busi­ness edu­ca­tion will take place at 2 p.m. in the Curry Stu­dent Center Ball­room. Pan­elists include Sy Stern­berg, ME’68, former chairman and CEO of New York Life and chairman emer­itus of the Board of Trustees; Fran Janis, senior partner at Pomona Cap­ital; and Hugh Courtney, dean of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business.

The ple­nary panel dis­cus­sion will be fol­lowed by a series of simul­ta­neous pre­sen­ta­tions by fac­ulty and industry leaders on topics ranging from inno­va­tion and entre­pre­neur­ship to improving the quality and effi­ciency of health care. Guests will have the option of choosing from two dif­ferent pre­sen­ta­tions in the Curry Stu­dent Center at 3 p.m. and 3:50 p.m.

A closing recep­tion including dessert will follow at 4:30 p.m. in the indoor quad.