Making the Heights a Home
bc honors maloney family at naming ceremony
Everyone who steps foot on the Heights soon realizes that the University's historic buildings and tranquil green spaces comprise much more than a campus. They create a home where students can pursue academic inquiry, develop their talents as "men and women for others," and form lifelong relationships.
University Trustee T.J. Maloney '75, P'09, '13, and his wife, Nancy, have long felt at home at Boston College as well. They recently honored their family's long–standing connection to BC with the dedication of Maloney Hall on Lower Campus.
"All those who know Boston College know the buildings that dominate the campus—Gasson, Bapst, McElroy, Lyons, Devlin, Fulton, O'Neill," said T.J. Maloney at the Sept. 23 naming ceremony. "On behalf of my family, I am deeply honored and truly grateful—though frankly overwhelmed—to have our name amongst that pantheon."
The Maloneys' BC lineage can be traced back more than 70 years. T.J. Maloney's father, Joseph '49, grew up in nearby Newton Centre and completed his degree after serving in World War II. The couple's sons, John '09 and Thomas '13, are third-generation Eagles; they joined other members of the Maloney family, including daughter Betsy, at the dedication.
"The preparation for life that T.J. received at BC is in evidence every day," Nancy Maloney told the audience. "He is curious, intelligent, kind, and thoughtful. But perhaps, most importantly, T.J. has figured out how to think with his head while not forgetting his heart."
During the ceremony, which was attended by several hundred alumni, friends, and students, University President William P. Leahy, S.J., referred to Maloney Hall as a connector between BC’s Middle and Lower Campuses and as a metaphor for the University's mission.
"Bridges need foundations, and Boston College is an institution that is firmly anchored in its Jesuit, Catholic heritage, its commitment to intellectual excellence, and to being an institution that is engaged," said Fr. Leahy. "We, in our own way, 'bridge' students into the contemporary world."
The building has been a main thoroughfare for students and a key faculty and administrative center since it opened in 2002. The upper floors of the five-story, 154,000-square-foot building contain University offices, while the first floor houses the popular Hillside Café, a University Bookstore annex, and the Boston College Police Department headquarters.
The Maloney family has long advanced University priorities that are critical to Light the World campaign success, strengthening financial aid in particular through the Joseph L. Maloney '49 Scholarship. T.J. Maloney joined the Board of Trustees in 2009, serving on the Finance and Audit Committee, and he has been a member of the Advisory Committee for the Center for Asset Management.
As president and CEO of private equity firm Lincolnshire Management, he has also elevated BC's presence in the New York area, currently serving as co–chair of the Boston College Wall Street Council and the New York Campaign Leadership Council.
The naming of Maloney Hall celebrates this devotion while inspiring others to drive BC forward in their own way—and redefines a beloved campus spot that helps make the Heights a home for today’s students.