Some of America's leading corporate CEOs participated in a day-long event Tuesday to mark the formal re-dedication of Fulton Hall, which re-opened earlier this year after a nearly 18-month renovation project.
The dedication ceremony featured a keynote address by Xerox Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Paul A. Allaire and drew approximately 200 members and friends of the University community. Earlier in the day, Ford Motor Co. Chairman and CEO Alexander J. Trotman and Fidelity Investments Chairman and CEO Edward C. Johnson 3d, spoke at a luncheon hosted by the Chief Executives Club of Boston.
"Clearly, the architects have marvelously succeeded in creating a building that is aesthetically worthy of being called one of the finest architectural gems on campus," said University President J. Donald Monan, SJ, at the campus ceremony.
Fr. Monan also gave thanks to all those faculty members and students who endured the inconvenience of the renovations that started in the summer of 1993. The building, constructed in 1948 and named in honor of former Boston College President Robert S. Fulton, SJ, now features an additional 43,000 square feet, including an atrium and fifth floor, and new technology in its classrooms and auditoriums.
"This gathering, marking the opening of a new home for our Carroll School of Management, is more than a celebration of a splendid addition to the University's academic facilities," said Boston College Trustee Chairman Geoffrey Boisi, who was master of ceremonies. "It is also - and perhaps more importantly - a testimonial to the unique history and distinct character of Boston College."
CSOM Dean John Neuhauser said Fulton contains classrooms that reflect the best practices of professional education, provides reasons for faculty and students to encounter each other easily and naturally, and provides the space and technology for continual faculty and student growth.
"This new Fulton Hall has done all [that] while establishing a symbol of what we can become," said Neuhauser, who along with Boisi praised the many benefactors of the Fulton project.
Allaire's talk, "The New Productivity: A Growth Strategy for America," focused on the relationship of quality to new productivity and the implications both have for growth in the American economy. Total quality management is the business practice of the 1990s, Allaire said, but quality alone is not enough. Quality is based on specific values, including discipline, teamwork, and consistency, he said, all hallmarks of Japanese society.
"We cannot expect to do better than our Japanese competition using only quality management," he said "They have an inherent structural advantage. On the other hand, America has some sources of potential advantage in its environment, including diversity, creativity and the entrepreneurial energy in its workforce.
"If America is to remain strong and competitive in global economies," Allaire said, "we have to use quality as a foundation, but we have to focus quality on this new productivity that really unleashes the creativity and common sense of our people to create value for customers."
Business schools must participate in this change, he said, by preparing students in total quality management. In addition, he said, "business students should work on issues over the horizon, the ones we in the business community don't see yet. If they grasp this new productivity, the power of our people to create value and unleash creativity will be celebrated."
CSOM senior Leonardine Pacombe, winner of the 1995 Martin Luther King Scholarship, and Assoc. Prof. Michael McFarland, SJ (CSOM), also spoke.
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