Philip Alphonsus Smith

posted 2007-11-06 17:57:30 by mike



PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rev. Philip Alphonsus Smith, who served as president of Providence College for more than a decade, has died. He was 74.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rev. Philip Alphonsus Smith, who served as president of Providence College for more than a decade, has died. He was 74.

Smith died Sunday at Rhode Island Hospital, the college announced. The cause of death has not yet been determined, but college Vice President Edward Caron said Smith was hospitalized last week for routine surgery.

Smith was president of the Roman Catholic college from 1994 until 2005 and was a philosophy professor there until his death.

As president, Smith was credited with overseeing $110 million in new construction and infrastructure improvements, including the creation of a new performing arts center and chapel.

The college also added merit scholarships under his leadership and expanded enrollment in the honors program.

In May 2005, he was awarded the Veritas Medal, the college's highest honor.

Smith received a bachelor of arts degree from Providence College in 1963, and advanced degrees from St. Stephen's College in Dover, Mass., Drew University in Madison, N.J., and College of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. He taught philosophy at Providence College and became president of the College of the Immaculate Conception in the early 1990s.




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