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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Wormley Sold

According to the Post GU got $8+ for it. It was purchased in 1997 for $1.5. That's a tidy profit but I'd rather have the property.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

GU hits homerun with B-school Dean.

This is a very good hire -- the sort of senior administrator we should always be hiring:

The Georgetown University CommunityLadies and Gentlemen:With great pleasure, I write to announce that, in close consultation with Provost James J. O’Donnell, I have appointed George G. Daly as Dean of the McDonough School of Business. Professor Daly will assume his duties on a full-time basis in the fall semester but will be spending a considerable period of time at Georgetown between now and then. Dean of the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University from 1993 to 2002 and now Albert Fingerhut Professor of Business Administration there, Professor Daly brings to Georgetown a strong record of leadership in business education, a deep commitment to providing outstanding educational opportunities for students and robust support for faculty scholarship, and an imaginative vision for the future of the McDonough School of Business. As Dean of the Stern School, Professor Daly oversaw the school’s rise in national prominence as it achieved its first top-ten ranking for all of its undergraduate and graduate degree programs. He also led the effort to raise $150 million for the school, a sum greater than the cumulative total of funds raised in the school’s previous 100 years. Before his appointment at NYU, Professor Daly was Dean and Professor of the College of Business Administration at the University of Iowa from 1983 to 1993 and Dean of the College of Social Sciences at the University of Houston from 1979 to 1983. Early in his career, he held teaching appointments at the Miami University and the University of Texas at Austin and was chief economist in the Office of Energy Research and Development at The White House. He has also served on a number of corporate and non-profit boards and has held a number of leadership positions within the American Assembly of Collegiate Business Schools. Professor Daly’s areas of scholarship and teaching include applied microeconomics, economics of organizations and contracting, and leadership. He has published a number of articles, book chapters, and monographs and has authored several research reports for government agencies. Professor Daly holds an undergraduate degree from Miami University of Ohio and a master’s and doctoral degree from Northwestern University—all in economics. I am grateful to the search committee, led by Jim O’Donnell, for its commitment to recruiting to Georgetown a truly outstanding national leader in business education. I also wish to express my deep appreciation to Reena Aggarwal, who has provided dynamic leadership as Interim Dean, helping the school to advance in crucial areas during this time of transition. Dean Aggarwal has been particularly effective at ensuring that fund raising for the new MSB facility moved forward on the ambitious schedule we had established to realize the new building as soon as practically feasible. Dean Aggarwal will return to the faculty on July 31 and will spend the coming academic year on sabbatical at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A number of faculty of the School of Business had an opportunity to meet with Professor Daly earlier this month, and I look forward to introducing him and his wife, Barbara, to the full University community in the new academic year. I also look forward to the dynamic leadership he will bring to the McDonough School as we build on the momentum of recent years to strengthen further the school’s standing among the nation’s leading business schools. You have my very best wishes for the summer.Sincerely,John J. DeGioia

Thursday, June 09, 2005

JTIII can recruit!!!!

This is such a revelation. His Dad was not even doing this when we were at the Hilltop. Another great pick-up: DaJuan Summers out of Baltimore, currently ranked #71 nationally by rivals (#28 by hoop alliance), 6'8 225, supposedly highly versitile game (think Princetown offense). He apparently had offers from MD and Wake, among others. He will certainly be the heir to Jeff Green, whom we may only have for one more season. I'll add a link once the story is accessable.

So, assuming Wallace and Ewing get a scholorships, we only have one left for 2006. Everyone is hoping for Vernon Macklin -- I think JTIII might be going for broke with him and reserving the scholly.

June 9, 2005 – Reigning Baltimore Player of the Year and top frontcourt prospect DaJuan Summers has committed to attend Georgetown University. As previously reported by, Summers is a 6'8"+, 225lb forward capable of playing inside, and out. During Summers' junior season, he led the McDonogh School, located in Owings Mills, MD, to a 23-6 record, while averaging 20.4 points and 11.6 rebounds per contest. This prodigious output garnered him Baltimore Player of the Year honors, an obviously prestigious award presented by the Baltimore Sun newspaper. His Amateur Athletic Union coach, Anthony Lewis is effusive regarding Summers' ability to post up, get to the rim via a couple of dribbles, fill fast break lanes, rebound, and shoot from the perimeter. Coach Lewis is even more expansive when asked to describe DaJuan as a person. "I think if you've ever watched him play, and he's a very good player, he's even a better person" is how the two decade-long director of the Cecil Kirk organization summarized his feelings. According to DaJuan, he contacted Coach Thompson today, and delivered his decision. Reached at his West Baltimore home, Summers revealed that he is "Happy" to have chosen his future college home. "I feel it's a good fit" and "I'm going to be happy there" was how he expressed his feelings. In fact the young man was visibly excited, as he revealed, "I'm smiling right now, as I'm talking to you". Coach Lewis shared in Summers' elation: "He feels like it's a good fit. I feel the same way. I think it's very positive". DaJuan is not the first Cecil Kirk player to attend school at Georgetown; he is actually the fourth. Hoya greats Reggie Williams, David Wingate, and Kevin Braswell all benefited from Coach Lewis's tutelage as well. This writer can attest that DaJuan is not only possesses basketball acumen, but intelligence and personality as well. Add the excellent job his mother, Twana Summers has done raising DaJuan, and her other two other children, Regina and Malik, and it's not surprising DaJuan is achieving so much. This affable, well spoken young man has success written all over him. will be publishing a more extensive piece on DaJuan Summers soon. For the time being, the HoyaNation should revel in his commitment to the Blue and Grey. Coach John Thompson and his staff are hard at work turning the fortunes of the Hoya program around. Now, top level recruits are recognizing it also.Congratulations DaJuan. Your hard work and dedication are evident. With you bringing that, along with everything else you represent to the school at O Street, NW, Georgetown's Hoya Paranoia will be back soon. You are bound to impact the school, on and off the court.

More info on Summers:,1,3188539.story?coll=bal-utility-highschoolsp&ctrack=2&cset=true

New AD

Sounds like a good pick from a top-notch Athletic Department:

I write to announce the appointment of Bernard M. Muir as Director of Athletics, effective July 1, 2005. Now Deputy Director of Athletics for Administration and Facilities at the University of Notre Dame, Mr. Muir has overseen the campus’s athletics facilities, game management operations, and club and intramural sports and campus recreation, and has served as primary administrator for a number of sports and as secondary administrator for football. He previously served as Notre Dame’s Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student Welfare and Development, a role through which he engaged deeply in all aspects of the student-athlete experience, including academic performance and participation in campus life. From 1992 to 2000, he held various posts at the National Collegiate Athletic Association, including director of operations for the Division 1 men’s basketball championship. Mr. Muir holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, where he played basketball, and a master’s degree from Ohio University. Mr. Muir is highly regarded by his colleagues at Notre Dame, the NCAA, and throughout intercollegiate athletics, as well as by the coaches and student-athletes with whom he has worked over the past dozen years. At Georgetown, he will provide strong leadership to ensure that we build on our tradition of integrity, excellence in competition, and academic distinction in intercollegiate athletics. He will evaluate and build upon our deep commitment to provide a truly distinctive, holistic student-athlete experience. He will also be responsible for the supervision, support, recruitment, and retention of outstanding coaches. In terms of athletic department operations, he will work to enhance fundraising, ensure the most efficient use of resources, increase revenue, and improve our facilities. In these and other ways, Bernard will set the tone for Georgetown athletics and ensure that we draw upon the talent and resources of all who contribute to the realization of our goals. Bernard’s recruitment is the result of a national search in which a number of Georgetown Board members, faculty, coaches, alumni, and administrative leaders took part. I wish to express my deep appreciation to all who participated in this process.I am also deeply grateful to Adam Brick for his generous and effective leadership as Interim Athletic Director in 2004-05. He ensured that this past academic year was a successful one for student-athletes, coaches, and staff. With his leadership, we were able to keep a number of critical projects on track, recruit outstanding new members to our team in athletics, and improve the management and performance of a number of our operations. He represented Georgetown very well in Big East conference policy deliberations. Adam has long been an invaluable member of the University community and his commitment to excellence at Georgetown has made enduring differences here. I look forward to introducing Bernard Muir to the University community, and to the contributions he will make to Georgetown, our athletics programs, and our students in the years ahead. You have my very best wishes.Sincerely,John J. DeGioia

Monday, June 06, 2005


for those that attended, how was the reunion this past weekend?