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Queallys donate funds for new admissions building

Published: September 2, 2013, 4:29 pm ET
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This summer, University of Richmond announced in a press release that Paul and Anne-Marie Queally had donated a lead donation of $10 million to finance the new Queally Center for Admissions and Career Services on the Westhampton side of campus.

To date, Paul, Richmond College ’86, and Anne-Marie, Westhampton College ’86, Queally have given nearly $20 million to the university, including a lead gift in 2007 to launch the construction of Queally Hall in the Robins School of Business. Paul Queally is a partner at the investment firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson and Stowe.

As The Collegian previously reported, Queally has also been linked to financially supporting the men’s lacrosse team.

The Queally Center for Admissions and Career Services will combine the admissions and financial aid offices that are currently in Sarah Brunet Memorial Hall and the employer development team of the Office of Alumni and Career Services.

The employer development team works with employers who hire University of Richmond students. Students will go to the new center for job and internship interviews.

The career advising team of the Office of Alumni and Career Services will stay in its current location in Tyler Haynes Commons, said Kristin Woods, assistant vice president of the Office of Alumni and Career Services.

“Having the employer group in the same building as admission demonstrates to prospective students and families the university’s strong commitment to ensuring students achieve their first-choice destination after graduation,” Woods said.

The plans for the building are not yet finalized, but Woods said she hoped that the new building would have increased job interview space, increased digital interview space, additional parking for events and employers and increased reception space.

Gil Villanueva, dean of admission, said that combining the employment group of Career Services and the admissions office into one building made sense. “To have the [employer development team] facility right there really will leave a powerful impression with our prospective students and parents.”

Sarah Brunet Memorial Hall is too small to hold all of the prospective students and parents who attend the admissions office’s daily information sessions, Villanueva said.

The admissions office often divides large groups and meets with them in the University of Richmond School of Law or the Jepson School of Leadership Studies. He said he hoped that the new building would have an assembly hall large enough to hold 500 guests.

The admissions office is often one of the first buildings that prospective students visit on campus, and a positive impression of that office could lead a student to apply, Villanueva said. “We want to make sure that we set Richmond apart from the other schools on their list.”

The Queally Center for Admissions and Career Services is part of a project to make the River Road entrance, near the University Forest Apartments, the main entrance to campus.

Moving the admissions building to the Westhampton side of campus will change the way that tour guides give tours to prospective students.

“Right now, I’m not really seeing how it could be a really beneficial place for that building,” said senior Rose Wynn, a tour guide. “It seems to me that a lot of focus of the tour is on the Richmond side of campus, just because that’s where the majority of the academic buildings are.”

Sarah Brunet Memorial Hall is also situated near the E. Claiborne Robins Stadium, the athletic facilities and residence halls used by first-year men and women.

Walking to the other side of campus to see these buildings could add more time to tours that are already an hour and a half long, said Andrew Jones, a senior and tour guide.

Villanueva said that the admissions office staff had not decided what the new tour routes would be. “The key is there are certain parts of campus that we always want students to see,” he said.

The university has not released an anticipated date of completion for the Queally Center for Admissions and Career Services. In a press release, representatives said that the university continues to seek funding for the project.

Contact features editor Brennan Long at brennan.long@richmond.edu

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  • Moira Lachance

    Wait, don’t we know that the number of qualified prospective students is dropping in correlation to the decreasing number of overall student population? Add to that, the incendiary cost of higher education in a stagnant economy and one wonders why any intelligent mind would invest funds to enlarge an admissions reception/ office that (really!) seems to be very adequate. I would think that Alumni, Parents and prospective families would appreciate those dollars being invested in student programs and (surprise) repositioning the student athletes who were disenfranchised in the past year. Perhaps the University would offer Mr. Queally naming rights for the Queally Mens Track Program or even the University of Richmond Queally Soccer Team. I suggest this in the spirit of congratulating Mr Queally on his wonderful success in life and his generosity in gifting the University with his donation. He who makes it gets to shake it, but to do so in a manner that deprived so many talented student athletes of their dream is disingenuous.

    • This is worse than Mush

      Actually, the university could re-start the men’s track team without having to dedicate a cent of money or lose a single men’s roster spot. Yet, when the administration was shown the math that it neglected when providing information to the board, it refused to reevaluate.

      “The reinstatement of Men’s Outdoor Track & Field will not alter the arbitrary 13% student-athlete to student ratio on campus because, as Jim Miller has noted himself, only five men that compete in Outdoor Track & Field do not compete in Cross Country at the University of Richmond. That means that the addition of Outdoor Track & Field only adds five student-athletes back into the ratio, far less than 1 percentage point of the campus population. Further, the fact that Outdoor Track & Field is provided with no admissions slots means that no additional spots in future classes at Richmond will be taken by athletes as a result of the reinstatement. Both of these points fall in line with Goal #6 of the athletic strategic plan and the parameters apparently set forth during the decision making process.

      Financially, reinstating Men’s Outdoor Track & Field will not result in any additional money being added by the institution, which also falls in line with Goal #6 and the parameters set forth. Since the coaching staff is supposed to remain on staff next year regardless of whether Richmond sponsors a Men’s program, the reinstatement will not result in bringing on additional coaching salaries. The cost of adding back athletic scholarships is also a non-factor since the current men’s team does not offer any. Lastly, the NCAA provides each Division 1 school approximately $30,000 for every sport (after the 14th) that a school sponsors. As a result, reinstating Men’s Outdoor Track & Field will garner about $30,000 from the NCAA, which is above the current team’s operating budget.”

      See how here: http://www.wearerichmondtrackandfield.org/proposal/

      So, again, why was outdoor dropped? My guess is to save face.