NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The College of New Rochelle today announced a $5,000,000 gift by alumna Ellen M. Hancock '65, President and CEO of Exodus Communications, Inc. and her husband, W. Jason Hancock. The College plans to acknowledge this generous gift by the designation of the College Center as the Helen and Peter Mooney Art and Educational Technology Center, in honor of Mrs. Hancock's parents. This gift is the largest ever received in the history of the College. "Ellen and Jason Hancock have been devoted friends of the College throughout their professional lives. Ellen's lifetime achievements, her values, and commitment to quality and excellence are a great source of pride for all of us," said Dr. Stephen J. Sweeny, President of The College of New Rochelle. "Her remarkable career serves as an ideal role model for all of our students. Ellen exemplifies the outstanding graduate of a liberal arts, women's college. She used her education to become not just a leader but a pioneer in the world of technology. This generous donation honors Ellen's parents and the loving home from which she came. It will make the College stronger for the next generation of women and men who will take their place as leaders and pioneers." "Both my sister and I are graduates of CNR and we attribute our successes in no small part to our years at the College," said Ms. Hancock. "The unwavering commitment from the faculty to each student and to upholding Catholic traditions enabled me to strive for high standards of excellence. I am extremely grateful to our parents and proud to honor them with this tribute." The newly designated Helen and Peter Mooney Art and Educational Technology Center is a facility designed to fully integrate technology into all parts of the liberal arts curriculum and to provide effective tools for art, business, and communication courses. The building's fiber optic infrastructure is currently being upgraded to ensure network and Internet access in each room and office. Facilities also include computer, computer graphics and communications classrooms, a TV studio, photography and art studios, exhibit space, Romita Auditorium and the H.W. Taylor Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, which houses a simulated board room. Ms. Hancock is one of the most experienced and respected women in the technology industry today. She capped her 29-year tenure at IBM as Senior Vice President and Group Executive responsible for the Networking Hardware Division, Networking Software Division, and the Software Solutions Division. She was also a member of the IBM Corporate Executive Council and the IBM Worldwide Management Council. Ms. Hancock went on to National Semiconductor as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in the Office of the President and then to Apple Computer as Executive Vice President, R&D and Chief Technology Officer. She assumed her current position as President and CEO of Exodus Communications in 1998. The first Catholic college for women in New York State, The College of New Rochelle was founded in 1904 by the Ursuline Order. Today, it comprises the all-women School of Arts & Sciences, and three schools which admit women and men: the School of New Resources (for adult learners), the School of Nursing and the Graduate School. The main campus of the College is located in lower Westchester County, 16 miles north of Manhattan. The College maintains six other campus locations in New York City. More information on the College can be found at http://www.cnr.edu.
SOURCE The College of New Rochelle