University of Scranton Dedicates Spaces in Brennan Hall

Nov 12, 2008

The University of Scranton recently dedicated and named three prominent spaces in Brennan Hall to recognize the generous leadership and philanthropy of three prominent alumni: Jack Sweeney ’61, Frank Pearn ’83 and Harry Rose ’65. The three dedications are part of the Pride, Passion, Promise Campaign, a $100 million effort launched in April.

The Jack and Jean Blackledge-Sweeney Classroom was dedicated on the first floor of Brennan Hall. John P. Sweeney Sr. is the retired president of Special Defense Systems in Dunmore, which he co-founded. He began his career in New York City, living with other Scranton alumni, working for the accounting firm, Deloitte and Touche. Sweeney is a member of the Pride, Passion, Promise Campaign Executive Committee and part of an active “Scranton” family.

The James F. Pearn Auditorium is located on the second floor of Brennan Hall. The auditorium, named for the late father of Frank Pearn, is used for various lectures, presentations and community events. Frank Pearn is the chief administrative officer of the Mergers and Acquisitions Division of Lehman Brothers, New York, N.Y. He has held several banking and finance positions throughout his career, including a position in Milan, Italy. He serves currently as the chair of the University’s Economic Strength Committee of the Board of Trustees and is a member of the Campaign Executive Committee.

The Rose Room was dedicated on the 5th Floor of Brennan Hall and is used for lectures, dinners and other campus/community events. Harry Rose is the president and chief executive officer of The Rose Group, a restaurant management company established in 1985, under which he has operated such nationally recognized brands as Roy Rogers, Boston Market, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Applebee’s and Corner Bakery. Rose is a current member of the University’s Board of Trustees and is a member of the Campaign Executive Committee.

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