Law School honors Governor Tom Ridge at dedication ceremony of <i>Ridge Commons</i>
September 21, 2011
On September 17, during Alumni and Reunion Weekend, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law dedicated the new Ridge Commons in honor of Governor Tom Ridge. Named for Ridge by the Law School and approved by the Penn State University Board of Trustees, Ridge Commons is located in the Law School’s new Lewis Katz Hall in Carlisle, PA.
A 1972 graduate of the Law School, Ridge took part in the dedication ceremony for the Tom and Laura Ridge Lobby, named for his parents by Ridge. Philip J. McConnaughay, dean of the law school, cited Ridge’s active involvement in the Law School in spite of the demands of his positions as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and the first Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He continues to serve as a member of the Law School’s Board of Counselors.
"Governor Ridge has remained incredibly generous to the Dickinson School of Law, both with his time and financially, as our striking new Tom and Laura Ridge Lobby, named by the Governor in honor of his parents reflects. We are very proud and happy to be able to honor his commitment by dedicating the beautiful Commons Area of our Lewis Katz Hall in Carlisle to him," Dean McConnaughay said.
Ridge is the president and CEO of Ridge Global. Following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, Tom Ridge became the first Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and subsequently first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Tom Ridge was twice elected Governor of Pennsylvania serving from 1995 to 2001. His Law School education was interrupted by his military service in Vietnam. After graduation, he served as Assistant District Attorney in Erie County and multiple terms as an elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives.