History: Highlights 2005-2010


  • Corporation election of Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., as the 12th President of Providence College.
  • Providence College’s Women’s Rugby Club wins the U.S. championship, capping a 13-0-0 season.  The championship is the first women’s national club championship in any sport in College history.
  • The College establishes the Office of Mission and Ministry and appoints Rev. Joseph J. Guido, O.P. as the office’s first Vice President.
  • Rev. Thomas D. McGonigle, O.P., is appointed the first director of the College’s new Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies.
  • Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. is inaugurated as Providence College’s 12th president during a two-day celebration.
  • College shifts resources from merit-based to need-based financial aid
  • $7.64 million bequest from Philip J. Whitcome, Ph.D. `70 is largest scholarship gift to PC


  • Groundbreaking for new 23,000-square-foot campus fitness center
  • Public & Community Service Studies program elevated to academic department status
  • PC adopts SAT/ACT test-optional admission policy
  • Renovated St. Catherine of Siena Hall opens as new home for philosophy and theology departments
  • Creation of School of Business announced by Father Shanley
  • Jazzman’s Cafe opens in Davis Hall
  • Center for International Studies announced


  • PC’s Concannon Fitness Center opens its doors
  • PC opens new on-campus convenience store
  • New Women’s Studies major offered
  • PC Students, Alumni, and Business Leaders participate in first annual FUSION community service project
  • Providence College’s Liberal Arts Honors program celebrates 50th anniversary
  • PC organizes first International Educational Exploration Experience trip to Costa Rica
  • Providence College receives award for Martin Hall renovation
  • Phase two of renovation completed at Dunkin’ Donuts Center, PC’s Men’s Basketball home court
  • Dave Gavitt, a founder of the BIG EAST and its first commissioner, gives speech at commencement where 1,280 degrees were awarded
  • PC’s 11th President, Rev. Phillip A. Smith, O.P. ’63 dies unexpectedly


  • Providence College celebrates the completion of the $80 million renovation of the ┬áDunkin’ Donuts Center
  • New Office of Academic Services Writing Center unveiled
  • PC’s Canavan Sports Medical Center opens its doors
  • PC announces formation of new academic schools: The School of Arts & Sciences and School of Professional Studies–which join the School of Business and School of Continuing Education
  • PC’s 94% Graduation Success Rate is ranked among the highest in the BIG EAST conference
  • Providence College dedicates “Cunningham Square” in memory of late college President
  • Providence College’s Commencement Address, given by Major Michael P. Manning ’97, is broadcast on C-SPAN


  • PC’s Slavin Center renovation and 8,800-sq. ft. expansion completed
  • PC adopts E-Billing for tuition payment
  • U.S. News lists PC as one of the top 5 schools with the highest retention rate, among North Region’s top 10 institutions recognized as “great schools, great prices”, and first nationally in average graduation rate
  • PC’s first Theology Study Trip takes place in Italy
  • Friars sport upset occurs with PC Men’s Basketball beating the number one nationally ranked Pittsburgh
  • Number of PC students studying abroad internationally hits record high
  • First annual Building Bridges community service project added to revised and new Student Orientation program
  • School of Business unveils MBA student-run consulting center
  • Former Providence College hockey player, coach, and athletic director Lou Lamoriello ’63 inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto
  • Ron Wilson ’77 Named U.S. Ice Hockey Coach for 2010 Olympics


  • Father Shanely Re-Elected for Second, Five-Year Term
  • Team Led by PC Faculty Member Finds Evidence of Earliest Seafaring by Human Ancestors
  • John Sweeney Begins Duties as Senior VP for Finance and Business/CFO