Suffolk University

Suffolk University

name = Suffolk University

image_size = 150px
motto = "Honestas et Diligentia"
established = 1906
type = Private, Coeducational
president= David J. Sargent
city = Boston
state = Massachusetts
country = U.S.
undergrad = 5,196
grad = 2,016
staff = 505
Endowment = $80 Million
campus = Urban
free_label = Athletics
mascot = Ram
free = 31 varsity teams, 9 club teams
website= []

Suffolk University is a private university in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, situated on Beacon Hill. Founded in 1906 by Gleason Archer, Sr. as the Suffolk School of Law, Suffolk University expanded during the 1930s, adding liberal arts and business programs. Currently, Suffolk University comprises the Suffolk College of Arts and Sciences, the Sawyer Business School, and Suffolk University Law School. The University is also home to the Beacon Hill Institute, a "free-market think-tank."

During the 1990s Suffolk University constructed its first residence halls, began satellite programs with other colleges in Massachusetts, and opened campuses in both Madrid, Spain, and Dakar, Senegal, (the Suffolk University Dakar Campus). From 1990 to 2005, its endowment increased over 400%, to $80 million.

Suffolk employs nearly 800 full-time and adjunct faculty members, who instruct approximately 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Due to its location and well-known law school, Suffolk often attracts notable scholars and prominent speakers; for example, President John F. Kennedy, former Chief Justice of the United States' Supreme Court, William Rehnquist, and former President George H.W. Bush.


Founded in 1906 by lawyer Gleason Leonard Archer, Suffolk University was initially named Suffolk School of Law. The School's goal was to "serve ambitious young men who are obliged to work for a living while studying law." Archer believed that growing waves of working immigrants should be given opportunities to study law, similar to their wealthy counterparts.

In 1907, Archer moved the school from his Roxbury home into his downtown law offices. A year later the first of Archer's students had passed the bar, leading to a boost in registration.

By 1930, Archer developed Suffolk into one of the largest law schools in the country. At the time, fewer than 2 percent of Americans could afford to attend college, so Archer decided to create "a great evening university" that working people could afford. The Suffolk College of Arts and Sciences was founded in 1934, and the Sawyer Business School -- then known as the College of Business Administration -- in 1937. That same year, the three academic units were incorporated as Suffolk University.

Suffolk University Law School

Suffolk University Law School, founded in 1906, offers a standard Juris Doctor program and advanced L.L.M. program. Admission has become increasingly competitive as approximately 43% of applicants were admitted to the J.D. program in 2005. Suffolk University(2006). Suffolk Law School.Retrieved April 2, 2006 from:]

Suffolk College of Arts and Sciences

Suffolk College of Arts and Sciences has seventeen academics departments which offer more than seventy undergraduate and graduate programs. These programs are designed to give students a wide variety of choices in their studies.Suffolk University(2006). Schools, Colleges and Campuses.Retrieved April 2, 2006 from:] Suffolk University(2006). College of Arts and Sciences.Retrieved April 2, 2006 from:] 12 atlethic teams from Suffolk compete in the NCAA Division III. []

Sawyer Business School

The Sawyer Business School (previously named the Sawyer School of Management) focuses on world-wide business education and the future evolution of the business sector. It offers undergraduate degrees in Accounting, Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management, Public Administration and Marketing. At the graduate level it offers the M.B.A., EMBA, Global MBA, MBA Online, M.P.A., MHA, MSF, MSA and MST. Joint degrees are also offered for MBA/MS in Accounting, MBA/MS in Finance, MBA/MS in Taxation and JD/MBA. About 3000 students are currently enrolled in all programs. The Executive MBA Program now offers a Saturday-only format, incorporating four off-site one-week seminars including week-long global trips, recently to Vietnam and Poland.Suffolk University (2006).Sawyer School of Management. Retrieved April 2, 2006 from:]

Notable alumni

*Thomas J. Lane, class of 1925, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts (1941-1963)
*James A. Burke, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts (1959-1979)
*Gleason Archer Jr., class of 1939, theologian
*Martin F. Loughlin, class of 1951, U.S. District Court of New Hampshire, judge (1979-1995)
*David Sargent, class of 1954, President of Suffolk University (1989-)
*Joe Moakley, class of 1956, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 1973-2001
*Judge Frank Caprio, class of 1965, television judge "Caught in Providence" on "ABC"; Chief Judge Providence, R.I. Municipal Court
*Gunnar S. Overstrom, Jr., class of 1968, vice-chair of Fleet Boston and president and chief operating officer of the Shawmut National Corporation.
*James Sokolove, class of 1969, television personal injury attorney
*Robert L. Caret, class of 1969, President of Towson University
*Salvatore F. DiMasi, class of 1971, Mass. House of Representatives ("served" 1979 - "present")
*Richard J. Leon, class of 1974, U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, judge (2002-present)
*Paul Reiber, class of 1974, Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court
*Peter Agnes, class of 1975, Superior Court Justice, Massachusetts
*James Bamford, class of 1975, journalist, author
*Francis Flaherty, class of 1975, Justice of Rhode Island Supreme Court
*William F. Galvin, class of 1975, Secretary of State of Massachusetts
*Dan Harrington, world renowned poker player
*John Hannon, CFO & COO, Mangrove Systems
*Robert A. DeLeo, class of 1976, member of the Mass. House of Representatives ("served" 1991 - "present")
*Jerald G. Fishman, class of 1976, President & CEO, Analog Devices
*John F. Tierney, class of 1976, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 1997-present
*Paul Suttell, class of 1976, Justice of Rhode Island Supreme Court
*John Loftus, class of 1977, author, television commentator
*Maureen Goldberg, class of 1978, Justice of Rhode Island Supreme Court
*Ronald Machtley, class of 1978, President of Bryant University, U.S. Representative from Rhode Island (1989-1995)
*Michael E. Festa, class of 1979, member of the Mass. House of Representatives ("served" 1998 - "present")
*Nina Mitchell Wells, Secretary of State of New Jersey, 2006-present
*Martin Meehan, class of 1983, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 1993-2007, current Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell
*George T. Comeau, class of 1987, class of 1993, class of 1999, Commissioner of Public Libraries, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Triple Suffolk Ram
*Paul C. Casey, class of 1986, member of the Mass. House of Representatives ("served" 1989 - "present")
*Cheryl Jacques, class of 1987, Legislator, President of the Human Rights Campaign
*Patrick C. Lynch, class of 1992, Attorney General of Rhode Island
*Michael Beatty, class of 2000, CEO Pratorian Trust Company
*Omar R. Valdimarsson, class of 2001, consul of El Salvador and owner of Icelandic Public Relations

Notable faculty and trustees

*Joseph Glannon, Professor, well known writer of Torts and Civil Procedure texts
*Joseph P. Hoar, Trustee, Commander of U.S. central command
*Daniel M. Kimmel, Professor, film critic and writer
*Richard Preiss, Communications Professor, Boston area newspaper sports writer
*Charles E. Rounds, Jr., Professor of Law, specialist in agency and trust law
*Susan Starr Sered, Senior Research Associate at Suffolk University's Center for Women's Health and Human Rights, author of books on women's health
*Lisa Shatz, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, star of two Fall 2006 episodes of FOX's "Trading Spouses"
*Judy Dushku, Government Department Faculty Member, mother of Eliza Dushku
*Warren Briggs, founder of Computer Information Systems Dept, Executive MBA faculty

Presidents of Suffolk University

*Gleason Archer, Sr., 1906–1948
*Walter Burse, 1948–1954
*Robert Munce, 1954–1960
*Dennis Haley, 1960–1965
*John Fenton, 1965–1970
*Thomas Fulham, 1970–1980
*Daniel Perlman, 1980–1989
*David J. Sargent, 1989–Present


External links

* [ Suffolk University's official web site]
* [ Suffolk Law School's official site]
* [ Sawyer Business School's official site]
* [ Executive MBA Cohort Graduating in 2009]
* [ Princeton Review]
* [ Suffolk University - Madrid, Spain Campus]
* [ U.S. News and World Report]
* [ Prof. Warren Briggs' website]
* [ Suffolk University Archives]

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