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College Cuts Ribbon on Hales Hall

Mr. and Mrs. Hales cut the ribbon surrounded by family and College representatives.Mr. and Mrs. Hales, center
Iona College has renamed a campus residence hall previously known as South Hall in recognition of Alice Marie and Thomas E. Hales ’58, ’04H for their leadership commitment to the Iona Forever campaign and a lifetime of generous support to the College.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony rededicated the facility as Hales Hall on Saturday, April 29.  Participating were members of the Hales family, friends, faculty, staff and students, many of whom now call Hales Hall home. 

“Mr. Hales is not only a successful business professional but a compassionate philanthropist who has contributed his time and wisdom to many organizations,” said President Joseph E Nyre, Ph.D. “It gives me great pleasure that everyone on campus will now be familiar with the Hales name and will associate it, as I do, with the Iona spirit of service and generosity.”

A member of Iona’s Board of Trustees since 1995, Mr. Hales holds a BBA in accounting from Iona and was awarded an honorary degree in 2004. He began his career as a staff member of Price Waterhouse and Company and subsequently operated his own accounting firm for 17 years. He joined Union State Bank as its chairman, president and CEO in 1982 and served in that capacity until 2007. Mr. Hales was credited with establishing Union State Bank as one of the predominant banks in the Hudson Valley Region, with growth in assets from $23 million to $3 billion during his time there.

Deputy Westchester County Executive Kevin J. Plunkett, left, presents a proclamation to Mr. and Mrs. Hales and Iona President Nyre announcing that April 29 is Thomas E. Hales Day throughout the county.
 "We are incredibly thankful for Mr. Hales' continuous support and dedication to Iona,” said Kayla Kosack, Iona senior, president of the Student Government Association, and a resident assistant in the newly renamed Hales Hall. “He is a true testament to fighting the good fight and moving the world and personifies service in the purest form. This is a pivotal and transitional moment for Iona's residential life program and it's exciting to be a part of it."

Mr. and Mrs. Hales helped establish the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and Trauma Center at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, provided major support for the Thomas E. and Alice M. Hales Endoscopy Unit and the Alice Marie and Thomas E. Hales Pediatric Treatment Area of the Emergency Department at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center. Mr. and Mrs. Hales established in perpetuity the Thomas E. and Alice Marie Hales Distinguished Professor in Transplant Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, which is held by Bartley P. Griffith, MD. The Hales continue to lend their support widely, and are ardent activists and supporters for organ donation.

In addition to his service as an Iona trustee, Mr. Hales has served on the boards of various organizations including the Leukemia Society of America, Westchester and Rockland County Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick, and the Boy Scouts, among many others. He received Westchester County Business Journal’s Business Leader of the Year Award in 2004, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2003, the William Cullen Bryant Award from the Westchester Medical Center for distinguished leadership in 2008, the Corporate Citizen Award from the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of New Rochelle, among other honors.

In 1991, Mr. Hales was the recipient of Iona College’s Brother Arthur A. Loftus Award for Outstanding Achievement and in 1998, he was awarded the Cornelia Award for outstanding service to the College. In 2000, he was honored with Iona’s Legacy Award, which recognizes the lifetime achievements of an alumnus who has lived the College’s values of peace, justice and service.

Hales Hall outside sign
Mr. and Mrs. Hales reside in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. and Boynton Beach, Fla. They have six children -- Lianne ’82, William, Carolyn, Thomas Jr., Terence and Allison -- and nine beloved grandchildren.

Hales Hall, which opened in 2003, is a six-floor, on-campus residence that includes amenities which enhance living and learning opportunities and is staffed by a residence hall director, student resident assistant, and student ministers who offer spiritual and practical guidance to residents. 
About Iona College: Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education, located just 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan. With a growing global network of more than 40,000 alums, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. In addition to inventing and or founding their own companies, Iona alumni attain top leadership positions in arenas including not-for-profit and for-profit organizations such as NBC, Univision, NASDAQ, NYSE, American Express, VISA, school districts across the country, law enforcement, law and the judicial system. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science and business administration, pre-professional and professional programs, Master of Arts, Master of Science and Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. The College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle and provides more than 66,000 service hours in the community each year.