RWU School of Law classroom renamed for founding dean Anthony J. Santoro

BRISTOL – The name of professor Anthony J. Santoro, former Roger Williams University president and founding dean of its law school, will be emblazoned on an RWU School of Law classroom, the school announced in November.

At an Oct. 27 event, classroom 262 was renamed for Santoro, who served as RWU president from 1993 to 2000. During the dedication, Santoro said: “I really enjoyed that classroom and I am so thrilled to have [it] named after me. Thank you all.”

The event was attended by more than 100 faculty, alumni and current students as well as RWU President Donald J. Farish, RWU School of Law Dean Michael J. Yelnosky and fellow founding faculty member Louise Ellen Teitz.

Said Yelnosky to attendees: “No one has done more for this law school than Tony Santoro … and dedicating that classroom in his honor – the classroom where he used to teach tax [law] to a full house at 8:30 in the morning – seems like the least we can do.”

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Farish added that Santoro “changed the trajectory for this university” when he helped establish the law school almost 25 years ago.

Santoro received his law degree from Georgetown and went on to serve as the founding dean at RWU’s law school in the 1992-93 academic year.

Emily Gowdey-Backus is a staff writer for PBN. You can follow her on Twitter @FlashGowdey or contact her via email, gowdey-backus@pbn.com.