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Criminal Justice Dean Honors Mentor and Predecessor with New Conference Room

When Dean Robert Sheehan founded the College of Criminal Justice thirty years ago, his teaching philosophy was to invest himself in his students, nurture them academically, and help develop their full potential.

"Very few people get
the chance to pay back
their mentors, to show their respect and admiration.
Now I find myself in a
special position to honor Bob's memory and
sharpen his legacy."

Today, Jack Greene, CJ '73; one of Sheehan's first students and the college's current dean is raising $100,000 to establish the H. Robert Sheehan Memorial Seminar and Conference Room in memory of this late predecessor, mentor, and friend, who died of cancer in 1990.

The new room in Churchill Hall will provide valuable meeting space and computer access for current students and faculty. "It will also remind them of Sheehan's profound influence on the thousands of people who studied and taught under his leadership," said Greene.

Greene vividly remembers Sheehan's energetic style of teaching, his precise use of the English language, and his deep calling to prepare others for the criminal justice system.

"Bob wasn't an academic who stood on the sidelines, but was someone who always played a big part in the overall game," said Greene. He attributes his own success as an educator, in part, to the founding dean.

"Very few people get the chance to pay back their mentors, to show their respect and admiration," said Greene, who maintained contact with Sheehan until his death. "Now I find myself in a special position to honor Bob's memory and sharpen his legacy." Greene has personally pledged $10,000 toward the conference room.

So far, the initiative has raised more than $80,000 from alumni, friends, faculty, and staff, who will be recognized on a special plaque in the new room.

In addition, the Sheehan family is continuing its long legacy of generous support for Northeastern with the conference room. They include the former dean's widow, Carol Lee Sheehan, and sons Michael J. Sheehan, BA '86, MBA '88, Thomas W. Sheehan, BA '83, Timothy E. Sheehan, BA '87, and Robert G. Sheehan, BA '88.

In 1988, the Sheehan brothers founded Alpine Computer Systems, Inc. along with Robert Willis, E '85, who is also a donor. Alpine quickly grew into a successful computer networking company.

Today, Mike and Bob Sheehan and Bob Willis are managing directors at Hickory Hill Advisors, a venture capital firm, with George J. Matthews, BA '56, Hon.'86, former chairman of Northeastern's Board of Trustees. Mike and Bob Sheehan are members of the Northeastern Corporation and directors of the National Council.

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College of Criminal Justice
Jack Greene, Dean and Professor, College of Criminal Justice
Churchill Hall
This article appeared in the Summer 2001 issue of Forefront.

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