Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Former Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski, who faces sentencing on Sept. 19 after his conviction on grand larceny charges, asked his alma mater, Seton Hall, to remove his name from two buildings on the campus. According to a press release issued by the University (here):
Seton Hall University has removed the name of L. Dennis Kozlowski from the academic building that has borne his name since 1997. The Stillman School of Business and the College of Education and Human Services are currently housed in the facility, which will now be called Jubilee Hall in recognition of the University's sesquicentennial anniversary this year. In addition, his name was removed from the rotunda in the University's library. Mr. Kozlowski asked that this action be taken during a telephone conversation with University President Monsignor Robert Sheeran in late July. Respectful of the donor's wishes, Monsignor Sheeran then notified the University's Board of Regents that Mr. Kozlowski's name would be removed. According to Monsignor Sheeran, Mr. Kozlowski's request was motivated by his ongoing affection for the University, as well as his desire to spare Seton Hall any further adverse attention or distraction from its educational mission. Mr. Kozlowski was convicted on June 17 of grand larceny in New York State Supreme Court.
Kozlowski's request was honorable, and takes Seton Hall out of a very ticklish situation. (ph)