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Seattle University

Seattle University is a Jesuit Catholic university located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, USA.


900 Broadway

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Roman Catholic Church (Society of Jesus)
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Seattle University is dedicated to educating the whole person, to professional formation, and to empowering leaders for a just and humane world.
Rudy The Redhawk
Red And White

College History


n 1891, Adrian Sweere, S.J., took over a small parish near downtown Seattle at Broadway and Madison. At first, the school was named after the surrounding Immaculate Conception parish and did not offer higher education. In 1898, the school was named Seattle College after both the city and Chief Seattle, and it granted its first bachelor's degrees 11 years later. Initially, the school served as both a high school and college. From 1919 to 1931, the college moved to Interlaken Blvd, but in 1931 it returned to First Hill permanently. In 1931, Seattle College created a "night school" for women in order to allow them to attend; becoming coeducational was a highly controversial decision at the time. In 1948, Seattle College changed its name to Seattle University under Father Albert A. Lemieux, S.J. In 1993, the Seattle University School of Law was established through purchase of the Law School from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. In 1999 the School of Law moved to the Seattle campus. In 2009, SU completed the largest capital campaign in the university's history, raising almost $169 million and surpassing the original campaign goal by almost $20 million.The campaign has resulted in new scholarships for students, academic programs and professorships, a fitness complex, an arts center and more. The centerpiece of the capital projects is the $56 million Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, completed in fall 2010.

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Seattle University is dedicated to educating the whole person, to professional formation, and to empowering leaders for a just and humane world.



Elgin Baylor 1958 NBA Hall of Famer; general manager, Los Angeles Clippers, 2006 NBA Executive of the Year Anne Bremner J.D. 1982 Seattle lawyer and television legal analyst Miguel S. Demapan 1975 Supreme Court Chief Justice of the Commonwealth of North Marianas Islands Rudy D'Amico 1990 NBA basketball scout, and former college and professional (Euroleague-winning) basketball coach Ada Fetters 2011 Editor of The Commonline Journal John Juanda 1996, M.B.A. Professional Poker Player Dino Rossi 1982 Former Washington State Senator Mohamed Ali Alabbar 1981 Chairman of Emaar Properties; one of the world's largest real estate development firms with $25 billion in assets [citation needed] Dave Barrett Former premier of the Canadian province of British Columbia (1972�1975) Major General (Ret.) Patrick Henry Brady recipient of the Medal of Honor Gary Brinson 1966 founder and retired chair of Brinson Partners; GP Brinson Investments; The Brinson Foundation. The January 2003 issue of CFA Magazine named Brinson as one of seven living legends in the investment profession. General Peter W. Chiarelli 1972 Former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army Major General Bret D. Daugherty 1980 Adjutant General of Washington State William P. Foley, II 1970, M.B.A. Chairman and CEO, Fidelity National Financial Micheal Gilleran 1971; J.D. 1975 Commissioner of the West Coast Conference Tom Gorman 1968 ATP Tennis player John E. Hopcroft 1961 renowned theoretical computer scientist; co-winner 1986 Turing Award Janet Hopps Adkisson 1956 Tennis player; first female to be the no. 1 ranked player � for both the men�s and women�s nationally. Ron Howard 1973 NFL player for the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills Carolyn Kelly M.B.A. President and COO, The Seattle Times Emmanuel Lemelson 1999 Greek Orthodox priest, investor, philanthropist August P. Mardesich Member and Majority Leader of the Washington House of Representatives Steve McConnell 1991, M.S. Software Engineering Chair of the IEEE Computer Society's Professional Practices Committee [citation needed] Duff McKagan Bassist of Velvet Revolver, former bassist of Guns N' Roses Stan W. McNaughton 1974 CEO, PEMCO Insurance Charles Mitchell 1974 Chancellor, Seattle Community Colleges; was president of Seattle Central Community College in 2001 when Time magazine named it "College of the Year." Former professional football player with the Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills. Eddie Miles 1962 NBA player for the Detroit Pistons Frank Murkowski 1955 Former Governor of Alaska and former U.S. Senator from Alaska Carol Nelson 1974; 1984, MBA President, CEO, Cascade Bank Eddie O'Brien 1952 Baseball player for Pittsburgh Pirates Johnny O'Brien 1952 Baseball player for Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Braves Jawann Oldham 1979 NBA player for the Chicago Bulls Clint Richardson 1978 NBA player for the Philadelphia Sixers Gerri Russell Romantic fiction author John D. Spellman 1949 First King County Executive, Governor of Washington state (1981-85) William D. Swenson Former Army officer, recipient of the Medal of Honor Lieutenant Commander Charles Swift J.D 1994 Served as legal counsel for Salim Ahmed Hamdan. Listed as 100 most influential lawyers in the US. Calvin Tang 2000 Co-founder of Newsvine, former Chief Operating Officer at John Tresvant 1964 NBA player for the Detroit Pistons Jim Whittaker 1952 First American to summit Mount Everest in 1963. [citation needed] Charlie Williams 1967 ABA player for the Pittsburgh Pipers Tom Workman 1967 NBA player for the Baltimore Bullets



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