History: Highlights 1965-1970


  • The College begins participation in the Federal Government’s College Work-Study Program.
  • For the 1st time, a layperson assumes a PC Vice Presidency.

1965 – The Haas Era

  • Inauguration of William Paul Haas, O.P., as the 8th President of Providence College.


  • Administration Committee approves the establishment of the Committee on Academic Rank and Tenure.
  • Beginning of the first Freshman Parents’ Weekend.
  • College holds first Ring Weekend festivities during which class rings are given to juniors.


  • Committee on Studies approves establishment of formal Junior Year Abroad Program.
  • College announces appointment of the first laymen to the Departments of Religious Studies and Philosophy.
  • First woman appointed to full-time undergraduate faculty.


  • First Faculty Senate meeting held.
  • Committee on Administration approves the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund, with monies raised through pledges from the faculty and staff.
  • Corporation approves the Faculty Senate Resolution providing for elections of Department Chairmen.


  • Phillips Memorial Library opening.
  • President announces abolition of the dress code.


  • First Athletic Hall of Fame induction.
  • Club 21 opens in Alumni Hall providing an informal meeting place for students, faculty, alumni and administrators over 21 years old.
  • Vietnam Student Strike begins, with classes cancelled for a day of “Mourning and Prayer for Peace.”
  • The College makes the decision to admit women to the undergraduate day school.
  • PC inaugurates Summer Art and Art History Study Program in Pietrasanta, Italy.
  • The College’s first female administrator joins the staff.