Celebrating the Presidency of James P. Gallagher, Ph.D.


Part three of a five-part series. 

Property Purchases

During Dr. Gallagher’s tenure, the campus grew to more than 100 acres of contiguous land and, at one point, 60 buildings.

• 1995: White Corners was purchased and renovated.
– Philadelphia University now owned all four corners of the intersection of Henry Avenue and School House Lane.

• 1999: Purchased Independence Plaza, a 5.6-acre apartment complex on School House Lane, adjoining Penn Charter School
– Included three buildings with 36 apartments and 165 parking spaces.

• 2005: The Philadelphia University Research Center (PURC) opens. It is located in Manayunk in a restored 1864 textile mill.

New Buildings

Under Dr. Gallagher’s leadership, Philadelphia University’s campus added important new facilities:

• 1987: Ronson Hall Residence

• 1988: Ravenhill Dining Hall

• 1992: The Paul J. Gutman Library
– Attracted immediate national attention, winning the Louis I. Kahn Award for the best designed academic building.

• 2001: The Tuttleman Center at Philadelphia University
– State-of-the-art building featuring ‘smart’ classrooms, the latest technology available to enhance the learning experience for students

• 2006: Ravenhill Dining Hall extensively refurbished 

• August 2006: The Kanbar Campus Center Opens
– Completed in August 2006 and officially dedicated at Reunion & Homecoming Weekend that October, the building encompasses 72,000 square feet dedicated to all aspects of student life.


 • August 2006: Athletic and Recreation Center
– Expanded the existing Althouse Gymnasium, adding a new basketball court, practice courts, a fitness center, indoor track, aerobics room, offices and locker rooms.

On Sept. 28, 2007, the Athletic and Recreation Center will be named The Gallagher Athletic, Recreation, and Convocation Center. Click here for the full story >>

TOMORROW: The Network Grows

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