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WNE Renames Alumni Healthful Living Center to Honor Anthony S. Caprio

Published: June 11, 2020 | Categories: Law, Business, Engineering, Alumni, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences, All News
Dr. Anthony S. Caprio at Commencement

Western New England University's Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to recognize the legacy and tenure of President Caprio's legacy by adding his name to the University's Alumni Healthful Living Center.

"With his impending retirement, we as Trustees have reflected on the transformative leadership provided by Dr. Anthony S. Caprio during his unmatched 24-year tenure as President of Western New England University." said Chairman Kenneth M. Rickson in recent announcement. "Henceforth, the formal name of the building will be the Anthony S. Caprio Alumni Healthful Living Center."

Opened in 1993, the 115,000 square foot facility houses the University's athletics and recreation programs. "As a center of student life, a home for the many athletic programs Dr. Caprio helped cultivate and support over the years, and the site of the University's annual Commencement, it is fitting that this building bear Dr. Caprio's name."

In a letter to the campus community, Rickson said "The Board noted, Dr. Caprio has had a profound influence - directly and indirectly - on the lives of more than 24,000 students, half of all Western New England alumni. He boldly led the University through its Centennial in 2019 and into its second century, elevating the quality and breadth of its offerings and transforming it from a regional college to a nationally ranked university with global reach. All the while, Dr. Caprio has preserved Western New England University's commitment to a highly personalized learning experience."

The Board also voted to name Dr. Caprio President Emeritus and presented him with a proclamation recognizing his integrity, tenacity, and unwavering dedication to the students and educational mission of the University. In addition, a portrait of Dr. Caprio was unveiled, which will hang in a place of honor.

To learn more about Dr. Caprio's time as the fifth president of Western New England University, and how he navigated the transformation of the institution from a much beloved college to a nationally-ranked university read WNE Magazine's Anthony S. Caprio Transformed a College and Inspired a University.