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Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Dedicated

Wesleyan hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Nov. 5. Pictured, from left, are Shining Hope for Communities co-founders Jessica Posner '09 and Kennedy Odede '12; Joshua Boger ’73, P’06, P’09, chairman of the Wesleyan Board of Trustees; Bob Patricelli ’61 and his wife, Margaret Patricelli, and Bob's daughter, Alison Patricelli '90.

The new Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship will offer students an opportunity to serve the public good by developing innovative social ventures.

Rob Rosenthal, the John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, salutes the Patricelli family during the center's dedication.

Wesleyan dedicated the center during a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration Nov. 5 in the Allbritton Center. The Patricelli Center is supported by a $2 million leadership gift from the Robert and Margaret Patricelli Family Foundation.

Robert “Bob” Patricelli ’61, chairman and chief executive officer of Evolution Benefits and of Women’s Health USA, and his wife, Margaret Patricelli, president and chief executive officer of the Robert and Margaret Patricelli Family Foundation, were honored at the dedication ceremony.

“The Patricelli Center allows us to greatly expand our engagement initiatives, providing opportunities for students to connect with mentors and learn new skills that will aid their efforts to create and sustain organizations dedicated to the public good,” said Rob Rosenthal, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “Alumni and students I’ve talked to are wildly enthusiastic

Gift Establishes the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Robert and Margaret Patricelli

Wesleyan University is establishing the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, which will support students who want to create programs and organizations serving the public good – anywhere in the world.

The Patricelli Center and its programs are supported by a generous $2 million leadership gift from the Robert and Margaret Patricelli Family Foundation. Robert E. Patricelli ’61 is chairman and chief executive officer of Evolution Benefits and of Women’s Health USA and an emeritus trustee of Wesleyan. Margaret Patricelli is president and CEO of the Robert and Margaret Patricelli Family Foundation.

The Center will provide workshops, speakers, and networking opportunities to help students become successful social entrepreneurs, and will award small grants to undergraduates engaged in specific projects. It is intended to serve as an incubator of ideas and initiatives.

“For generations Wesleyan students have been venturing into the world as social entrepreneurs, applying what they learned on campus to help others,” says President Michael S. Roth. “The Patricelli Center will build on this tradition and will prepare students to make an even greater difference in the world. I’m so grateful to Bob and Margaret for their vision and generosity.”