Georgetown MSB building named after murdered Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri

Rafik Hariri

An e-mail from President John DeGioia this afternoon settled the mystery of who the new MBS building would be named after: Rafik Hariri, the Lebanese Prime Minister assassinated in 2005.

Hariri’s son and new Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (MSB ’92) paid $20 million to name the building after his father. According to the e-mail, there will be a formal celebration of the new building in September.

Boston University’s School of Management also has a building named after Rafik Hariri.

After the jump, DeGioia’s full e-mail.

July 9, 2009

Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community:

I am pleased to share some exciting news about the new home for the McDonough School of Business. Tomorrow we will announce that the new building will be named the Rafik B. Hariri Building.

The late Rafik B. Hariri served as Prime Minister of Lebanon from 1992 to 1998 and again from 2000 until 2004, working to bring peace and democracy to Lebanon. A committed philanthropist, Mr. Hariri was a dedicated friend to Georgetown and deeply devoted to advancing education around the world. Mr. Hariri was born into a modest family and as a young man trained to be a teacher before becoming a successful businessman in the construction industry. In 1979 Mr. Hariri founded the Hariri Foundation, which helps Lebanese students attend institutions of higher learning at home and abroad. As a Georgetown parent, Rafik Hariri was a generous supporter of the University and served on the MSB Parents’ Council. Georgetown awarded him an honorary degree in 1996 in celebration of his work to advance education and opportunity for the underprivileged.

This $20 million naming gift through the Hariri Foundation was made possible by Saad Hariri (B’92), the newly designated Prime Minister of Lebanon and son of Rafik Hariri.

The Rafik B. Hariri Building is the newest named academic building on our Main Campus since the Royden B. Davis, S.J. Performing Arts Center was named in 2006. This 179,000-square-foot facility will enable the McDonough School of Business to solidify its position as one of the world’s leading business schools. For the first time, our MSB community will be together under one roof — staff, faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students. This new home for the MSB features seminar, lecture, and conference rooms, a 400-seat auditorium, eight case rooms, and common areas for both undergraduate and graduate students.

I am deeply grateful for the remarkable generosity of the Hariri family, and for the dedication and vision of the many donors who have believed in this project and, through their contributions over the years, made this new facility possible. I very much look forward to a formal celebration of the Rafik B. Hariri Building with Dean George Daly and our community in September.

You have my very best wishes for a terrific summer.


John J. DeGioia

Photo from Flickr user Mary P Madigan used under a Creative Commons license

16 Comments on “Georgetown MSB building named after murdered Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri

  1. Don’t you think it’s a little absurd how Georgetown spent 2.5% of its entire endowment to obtain the right to name the new MSB building after Hariri? I honor the administration’s intentions and considerations, but I personally don’t like the name. Seriously, can you imagine this very possible conversation?:

    Hoya Bro: “Hey, do you want to eat at Leo’s after the men’s basketball team loses again to team nobody?”
    Hoya Jane: “Yeah, sure. Let’s just take the GUTS bus and then eat fast — I need to go to Lau to do my PoG paper. Hopefully it won’t be crowded, which is unlikely considering how Lau is the ugliest piece of s*** on the Earth without nearly enough space for students to study during finals.”
    Hoya Bro 2: “Why don’t you just go to Hariri…”

  2. The money was paid by Hariri to Georgetown, not the other way around.

    And I think the name might grow on us. Your conversation makes it sound cool, sort of like Harbin.

  3. yes, people pay big bucks to have their names emblazoned on important buildings. the other way around would be truly absurd.

    although i think this will go the way of icc (e.g. why don’t you just go to bunn?)

  4. I just think people are still going to call it either the MSB or b-school building

  5. Well , look at it from different prospective, 20$ millions is big buck, so maybe soon you will have different departments to suit your needs guys , so i think you have to be thankful and more considerate…….Why don’t you call it RH bldg???

  6. “As result of the growing criticism and popular discontent with Hariri’s policies, the government banned public demonstrations in 1994 and relied upon the Army to enforce the decree.”

    I guess we don’t care where the money comes from either.

  7. I wonder how many MSBers had heard of Hariri before this.

  8. Sorry Hariri’s name isn’t WASP enough for you, Dwight. Maybe you can blow off your business “classes” in the David A. Duke building instead.

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  11. More Arab money to ensure no academic criticism of Islamofascism

  12. I don’t think so. It’s the business school building, not the theology or School of Foreign Service building. Also, I think Rafik Hariri was pretty different from what people call Islamofascists.

  13. Just take a look at the Mosque he built next to St. George’s in downtown Beirut. It towers over the church as a sign of Islamic supremacy over infidels. He also tried to buy as much Christian land in Lebanon as he and his Saudi patrons could. He adopted Saudi Wahabbi principals

  14. Oh, good. ‘Cause it’s not like he made the vast majority of his money by essentially stealing the entire central business district of Beirut under the guise of some sort of redevelopment scheme.

  15. Stephen’s right, what nonsense. It’s embarrassing, even.

    20 mil is 20 mil, but somehow that doesn’t make “sell-out” sound any better.

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