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Inaugural Whitman Day and dedication of the new building at 721 University Avenue

Inaugural Whitman Day and dedication of the new building at 721 University Avenue

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Inaugural Whitman Day and dedication of the new building at 721 University Avenue

Lois and Martin J. Whitman during the dedication ceremony

The April dedication of the Whitman School’s new 160,000 square-foot home was the impetus for a weeklong series of special events celebrating the Whitman spirit – that special brand of entrepreneurial leadership that characterizes all Syracuse management graduates. The Whitman community and guests from across campus gathered at Henricks Chapel to hear the Honorable Robert E. Rubin deliver the building dedication keynote address. At the time, he was chairman of the executive committee of Citigroup Inc., having previously served as secretary of the treasury in the Clinton administration, presiding over the longest period of economic expansion in our nation’s history.

The building ribbon-cutting ceremony followed the keynote. “What is so special about this building is that it embodies the talent and enterprising spirit this school has nurtured and inspired for the past 85 years: you only have to look at the careers of graduates, such as Marty Whitman, for whom the school is named…to know that this is a place where remarkable things happen – and, more importantly, encouraged,” said Nancy Cantor, then chancellor of Syracuse University, in her remarks to the crowd.

The dedication marked the first observance of Whitman Day, a now annual tradition celebrating the Whitman spirit.