Former President Melady Honored with Building Naming

News Story: November 6, 2014

Sacred Heart University has named its administration building after former University President Thomas Patrick Melady. Melady served as president at SHU from 1976 to 1986 and was named President Emeritus when he moved on. His service came during a time of great change for Sacred Heart as the University began to move from a small commuter college to an acclaimed regional University. His vision played an important role in strengthening academic excellence at Sacred Heart and ensuring it not only became the nationally known University it is today, but also retained its reputation as a special place where members of the community are treated with respect and dignity.

Melady made his mark away from Sacred Heart University as well. He served as an American ambassador under three presidents and as a sub-cabinet officer for a fourth and was always active in foreign affairs and international relations. Under President Richard M. Nixon, he was ambassador to Burundi (1969-72), senior adviser, US delegation to the UN General Assembly (1970), and ambassador to Uganda (1972-73). Under Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, he was ambassador to the Holy See (1989-93). Under President Ronald Reagan, he served as assistant secretary for Post-Secondary Education (1981-82). From 2002 until his death, he was a senior diplomat in residence at The Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C.

Melady passed away earlier this year on January 6. “It is extremely fitting that we take this opportunity to honor Thomas Melady in this way and celebrate all that he meant to this University,” said SHU President John J. Petillo.