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CBU Announces Largest Individual Gift In University History, Renames School Of Arts

CBU School of Arts is renamed in honor of benefactor, Dr. Rose Deal

MEMPHIS—Christian Brothers University (CBU) today announced the renaming of its School of Arts as the “Rose Deal School of Arts” in honor of a gift from the Rose G. Deal Educational Charitable Trust. A bequest of $5.4 million from the estate of Dr. Rose Deal, it represents the largest individual gift in the history of the University. It also pushes the University’s fundraising total for the fiscal year, which ends May 31, to $12 million — surpassing CBU’s previous historical high of $8.4 million in fiscal year 2007.

Dr. Deal, who passed away in May 2012, was hired in 1961 as the first female faculty member at what was then an all-male Christian Brothers College. She continued teaching foreign languages and European history at the coeducational Christian Brothers University until her final retirement in 1994. She was honored by the University as a professor emerita and also awarded the CBU Maurelian Medal for outstanding service. In 2002, she was named an affiliated member of the Christian Brothers—the highest honor granted by the Roman Catholic teaching order.

“Rose’s impact at this University was enormous, even before she made this generous bequest” said Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., university president. “She was always an active and vocal advocate for the liberal arts here at CBU. The general public might sometimes perceive us as focused more on the engineering and scientific disciplines, but the fact is that CBU’s educational core is strongly rooted in the arts. The liberal arts form the foundation for every degree that we grant. It is only fitting that Dr. Rose Deal’s name is attached to that foundation.”

The Board of Trustees at CBU has announced that it will be examining potential capital improvements to further develop, enhance and facilitate the Rose Deal School of Arts.

The Rose Deal School of Arts at CBU offers bachelor’s degrees in Applied Psychology, Child Development, Cultural Studies, Creative Writing, English, English for Corporate Communications, History, Liberal Studies, Psychology, Religion and Philosophy, and Studio Art. It also offers master’s degrees in Education and Catholic Studies. It is one of four academic schools at CBU, along with the School of Business, the School of Engineering and the School of Sciences.

For more information on CBU’s Rose Deal School of Arts, visit For information on the gift by Dr. Deal, contact the CBU Office of Advancement at (901) 321-3270.

Posted by Wendy Sumner-Winter at 9:00 AM