Seton Hill Names New Residence Hall for Former President Eileen Farrell
JoAnne Boyle, Seton Hill University President, commented: “Eileen Farrell was a graduate of Seton Hill, a distinguished executive in the business world and a gifted administrator in higher education. Eileen was a catalyst in Seton Hill’s growth and development and was considered by her colleagues and friends a talented manager and visionary leader.” Boyle added, “Eileen devoted ten years to her role as President. Even when she left the Presidency, her interest in her alma mater and her support for the rich educational tradition of Seton Hill never flagged. It gives all of us at the University great pleasure to name our new residence hall in honor of Eileen and to recognize her contribution to Seton Hill in such a visible way.”
A 1946 alumna of Seton Hill, Ms. Farrell served as President of Seton Hill from 1977 until her retirement in 1987. Her tenure was marked by numerous achievements. She oversaw the redesign of the core curriculum that earned an “Excellence in Education” Award from the Consolidated Natural Gas Company. She introduced several new academic programs, as well as an “Evening Degree Program” for adults. She oversaw the renovation of Reeves Memorial Library as well as enhancement of the overall learning and living environment for Seton Hill students.
Upon graduation from Seton Hill in Greensburg with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in 1946, Ms. Farrell began her professional life as a personnel psychologist for Sears, Roebuck and Company in Chicago, Illinois. She then became personnel manager for Container Corporation of America, also in Chicago. Later, she was Director of the Jersey City Job Corps Center for Women under the sponsorship of the YWCA in Jersey City, New Jersey. Prior to assuming the Seton Hill presidency, Ms. Farrell served as director of personnel administration for Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. She was deeply involved in the community and served on numerous volunteer boards and committees.
Ms. Farrell received several recognitions for her professional and community leadership, including the Seton Hill University Distinguished Alumna Leadership Award, honorary Doctor of Education degrees from Saint Vincent College and Seton Hill University, and the Distinguished Arts and Community Leadership Award from the Greensburg Cultural Council.
An open house for Farrell Hall will be hosted on Monday, September 27, 2004 at 4:00 p.m. for Seton Hill students, faculty, and staff. A formal event to celebrate the building’s opening for family and friends of Eileen Farrell will be announced later in the fall semester.
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