2016 2016: Charlton College of Business celebrates opening of Learning Pavilion

2016 2016: Charlton College of Business celebrates opening of Learning Pavilion
Charlton College of Business celebrates opening of Learning Pavilion

$15 million, 22,000 square foot expansion made possible by Charlton Trust, creates technology-enriched teaching and learning spaces

More than 100 students, faculty, alumni, business leaders, and university officials formally celebrated the opening of UMass Dartmouth’s $15 million, 22,000 square foot Charlton College of Business Learning Pavilion today with a ribbon-cutting and tours.

The Charlton Learning Pavilion adjoins the existing Charlton College of Business building and provides new technology-enriched classrooms, meeting spaces, a business innovation center, and a 165-seat auditorium for undergraduate and graduate students. The new building was made possible by the generosity of the Charlton Trusts and several other donors.

(Watch the new Charlton College of Business video.)

“The Charlton College of Business is distinguishing itself across the board,” UMass President Marty Meehan said. “This pursuit of excellence not only boosts the reputation of the CCB, but also elevates UMass Dartmouth and the entire UMass system.”

UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Peyton R. Helm said: “We cut ribbons not only to open up the doors, to commemorate the effort, to thank the donors, the builders…but to open up our own hearts and minds to the promise that yes, we did this today, and imagine what can we do tomorrow?”

“The new space will facilitate an ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship by promoting collaboration among students, faculty, staff and the South Coast community,” Charlton College Dean Angappa Gunasekaran.

Total enrollment at the Charlton College of Business has grown from 1,810 to 1,935 over the last 10 years with the Charlton MBA program growing from 143 to 330. The college recently launched new Master of Science programs in Accounting, Health Care Management and Technology Management.

The Charlton College of Business is fully accredited by AACSB International, a distinction given only to the most prestigious business colleges. Charlton College of Business has been named in The Princeton Review's 2015 edition of its "Best 295 Business Schools." The College's undergraduate programs also recently earned a #150 ranking among the U.S. News’ “Best Business Programs.”

The Wall of Honor at the facility includes the following supporters of the project:

Benefactor: The Charlton Trusts

Sponsors: Bristol County Savings Bank, Baycoast Bank, Hershel and Barbara Alpert Family, Earle P. Charlton II, Oliver S. and Jennie R. Donaldson Charitable Trust, Mechanics Cooperative Bank, BankFive, Charlton College of Business Faculty and Staff, Dale Ferris, St. Anne’s Credit Union, Mary Louise Nunes

Friends: A.D. Makepeace Company, Dan ‘59 and Jean Bogan, Peter H. Cressy, Maria Furman Duffy ’76, Karam Financial Group, Lafrance Hospitality Company, Thomas ‘85 and Debra Lambalot, Kevin Santos ’81, Kristin and Jay ‘01 Waring

Supporters of the Charlton Student Organization Office: Michael H. Anderson, Joyce Antine, Godwin Ariguzo, Paul Bacdayan, David Burke, Chan Du, Jacqueline E. Einstein, Michael P. Griffin, Divina Grossman, Angappa Gunasekaran, Ray Jackson, Kellyann Kowalski, Yuzhu Li, Ling Lin, Duong D. Nguyen, Melissa Pacheco, Eileen Peacock, BK Rai, Donald H. Ramsbottom, Tim Shea, Zhengzhon Shi, Nichalin Summerfield, Gopala Vasudevan, Shouhong Wang, D. Steven White, Jia Wu, Xu (Lily) Zhaojin.