Landmarks of a Legacy

A carefully designed campus master plan and the efforts and philanthropy of many have resulted in a campus of incomparable beauty. Since taking office, President Gearan has led the growth and expansion of the physical plant, constructing new buildings and renovating dozens of others.


Eight new buildings have been constructed including:

1. Stern Hall (2003) – Named for lead donor and Honorary Trustee Herbert J. Stern ’58, P’03, LL.D.’74, the building is one of the most versatile academic facilities on campus with extensive classroom and faculty space.


2. Bozzuto Boathouse (2003) – Serving the nationally ranked sailing team and Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Program, the boathouse is named in honor of Charles Bozzuto, father of Board Chair Thomas S. Bozzuto ’68.

3. Caird Hall (2005) – Funded by James F. Caird ’56, L.H.D. ’12 and Cynthia L. Caird L.H.D. ’12, the residence hall accommodates 88 students.

4. de Cordova Hall (2005) – Named for Arthur E. de Cordova ’56, L.H.D. ’05, the residence hall houses 88 students.

5. The Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Center (2006) – 14,600-square-feet of academic and studio space named in honor of Trustee Katherine D. Elliott ’66, L.H.D. ’08.

6. Seneca Room (2008) – 2,300-square-feet conference and meeting center overlooking Seneca Lake.

7. Gearan Center for the Performing Arts (2016) – The largest capital project in the Colleges’ history, the Gearan Center includes 65,000-square-feet of practice and performance spaces for music, theater, dance and media and society. The Gearan Center is the result of generosity from various donors, notably Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees L. Thomas ’52, L.H.D. ’02 and Judith H. Melly L.H.D. ’16. The building features several named spaces including:

  • McDonald Theatre
  • Froelich Hall
  • Stine Terrace
  • Carver Somatics Room
  • L. Thomas Melly Lobby
  • Morrow ’52 Lobby
  • Welles Tower
  • Zupan Green Room
  • Mathieson Plaza
  • Pilla Dance Suite
  • Margiloff South Lobby
  • Glaser North Terrace
  • Buck Terrace

8. Richard S. Perkin Observatory (2016) – Named after the grandfather of donor Christopher T. Perkin ’95, the late Richard S. Perkin GP ’95, co-founder of Perkin-Elmer Corporation and space exploration innovator.


"One of my favorite moments was in 2012 when the Board of Trustees was invited to attend the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce Dinner. Geneva was honoring the Colleges with its Business of the Year Award. Mark and Mary had such an easy way with every person in the room. I remember being incredibly proud because Mark was respected and his work was being honored by the people of Geneva. Mark and Mary built the bridge with Geneva by being good people and by caring about the community. That relationship with Geneva has made such a difference and has given our students opportunities to learn from true roles models of civic engagement."

Cynthia Gelsthorpe Fish ’82, Member of the Board of Trustees


Dozens of important capital projects, most of them significant renovations, have been completed including:

  • Goldstein Family Carriage House (2006) – Funded by the Sheldon and Ruth Goldstein GP ’04, GP ’07 Foundation, the space houses photography and digital imaging studies.
  • Houghton House (2008)
  • The Davis Gallery at Houghton House (2009) – Professional gallery space in Houghton House named in honor of Clarence “Dave” Davis Jr. ’48.
  • Abbe Center for Jewish Life (2007) – Named for former Trustee Richard K. Abbe ’92, P’19, the center also includes the Wasserman Garden of Quiet Repose and the Wasserman Kosher Kitchen, named in honor of Trustee Dr. Richard L. ’70 and Tina D. Wasserman.
  • Carr McGuire House (2007) – Student housing funded by Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees Carolyn Carr McGuire ’78 and Terry G. McGuire ’78.
  • Merritt Hall (2006)
  • The Salisbury Center and Trinity Hall (2004) – Named for Honorary Trustee Charles H. Salisbury Jr. ’63, P’94, L.H.D.’08, the renovation includes the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education; Center for Global Education; and Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.
  • The Thomas Poole Family Admissions Center (2005) – Named for Trustee Thomas B. ’61 L.H.D. ’06 and MaryJane M. Poole P’91.
  • Centennial Center for Leadership (2007) – Made possible through a gift from Trustee Cynthia Gelsthorpe Fish ’82.
  • Finger Lakes Institute (2004)
  • Scandling Campus Center (2004, 2008, 2017) – Additions to Scandling include the Vandervort Room, new Café, the relocated WHWS/WEOS radio studio and the expanded Saga Dining Hall with continued support from the late William F. ’49, LL.D. ’67 and Margaret Scandling.
  • Rosensweig Learning Commons (2007) – Named in honor of former Trustee Daniel L. Rosensweig ’83.
  • John H. Cozzens Jr. ’41 Memorial Field (2017)
  • Bristol Gymnasium (continuously upgraded) – Notable additions include the Raleigh-Foley-Kraus Varsity Strength Training Center, the Carver-DeLaney Team Rooms, Dr. Bob Ford ’54 Basketball Team Room and the Tom Poole ’61 Soccer Team Room.
  • HWS Tennis Center (2017)
  • Comstock Hall (2011)
  • The William Smith Statue (2008) – Designed by Professor of Art and Architecture A.E. “Ted” Aub III in commemoration of the William Smith Centennial.
  • The Trias House (2011)
  • The Counseling Center (2008)
  • H.J. McCooey Memorial Field (2001, 2011) – Named for H.J. McCooey Sr. P’76, P’78, P’82, P’90, P’92, GP’04, GP’08, GP’09, and GP’12
  • Village at Odell’s Pond (2008)
  • Caird Center for Sports and Recreation (2010) – Named for James F. Caird ’56, L.H.D. ’12 and Cynthia L. Caird L.H.D. ’12.
  • The Fribolin Farm (2014) – Donated by Carl W. Fribolin L.H.D.’14, the farm’s grounds include gardens, a barn, stables, spring-fed ponds and an indoor equestrian ring.
  • McGuire House (2009) – A residence for visiting scholars, the property was donated by Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees Andrew G. McMaster Jr. ’74, P’09 and his wife Suzanne L. McMaster P’09 in honor of Professor Emeritus of Economics Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D.’12.
  • Geneva Recreation Complex Skating Rink (2001, 2007, 2014)
  • Solar Farm, 2826 Rt. 14 North (2016)
  • Hellstrom Boathouse, 470 Blue Heron Lane (2017)


Nearly every structure on campus – from theme houses to academic buildings – received some form of upgrade:

  • Beta Sigma (2006)
  • 746 S. Main St. (2007)
  • Stewardson House (2013)
  • Bampton House (2007)
  • Sill House (2009)
  • 704 S. Main St. (2012, 2016)
  • McDaniels House (2010)
  • Geneva 2020 House (2014)
  • Gerhart House (2010)
  • 615 S. Main St. (2012)
  • 593 S. Main St. (2005)
  • 583 S. Main St. (2014)
  • Hillcrest House (2011)
  • Jackson, Potter and Rees Halls (2005)
  • Geneva Hall (2004)
  • Gulick Hall (2005)
  • Napier Classroom Center (2007, 2011, 2012)
  • Lansing Hall (2002)
  • The Cellar Pub (2008)
  • Demarest Hall (2008, 2010, 2014)
  • Hirshson House (2004)
  • Williams Hall (2016)
  • The Barn (2016, 2017)
  • 380 S. Main St. (2006) and
  • 20 Seneca Street (2014) – As leased properties, the 380 S. Main residence hall and HWS office space at 20 Seneca St. in downtown Geneva serve to strengthen the Colleges’ commitment to the community while maximizing space on campus.

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